CREATED Nov. 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 26, 2012
LEE COUNTY - Two disturbing cases of extreme animal cruelty in just the past week. Both involving dogs and both with deadly results and officials say these types of cases are on the rise in Lee County. Four in your Corner's Mike Mason with a story you will only see on Fox 4.
We just learned authorities in Lee County are investigating a case in which someone apparently drowned a dog.....and this comes less than a week after finding another dog hung from a tree.
Ria Brown: "We know that somebody did this on purpose."
Animal cruelty in Lee County is on the rise....last week a dog was found hanging from a tree.
Ria Brown: "I mean, this is horrific. I can't even fathom why someone would want to do that."
Now Fox 4 has learned someone apparently drowned another dog just a few days ago. The case so serious animal control telling us they've turned it over to the Lee County Sheriff's Office for possible criminal charges. They just don't understand how someone could deliberately drown a defenseless dog.
Ria Brown: "We are investigating the dog."
Mike Mason: "Purposely being drowned?"
Ria Brown: "Correct, yes. It's again, the things that are obviously done on purpose is disturbing."
Last Wednesday...this male terrier found hanging from a tree in this rural section of Buckingham. The terrier was tied to a tree, the rope slung around the upper branch, the rope tied to his neck and his body dangling down to the ground so that everybody driving along the road could see him.
Mike Mason: "What would you say to the person who did it?
Joseph Gilbert: "They need to be done the same way."
Mike Mason: "That's pretty strong."
Joseph Gilbert: "Yeah, for someone to do that to an animal like that it's pretty sad."
Most residents in the area are remaining tight-lipped....so far there are no leads. Less than a month ago, a cat was found burned alive - apparently torched by someone in Lehigh Acres. In all 3 cases no arrests have been made.
Ria Brown: "We definitely want to get these people because we're not going to tolerate animal cruelty."
Officers say this year they've seen an alarming number of people torturing pets. Maybe more troubling; the abuse often extends to family members.
Ria Brown: "It's serious in and of itself that this would happen to an animal but the far reaching potential is even more disturbing."
In the dog drowning case we're told deputies are working some potential leads but can't release details at this time. Anyone with information about any case of animal abuse can call Lee County Animal Services at 239-533-7387.