Fort Myers woman arrested for animal cruelty
FOX 4 Staff
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County deputies arrested a 52-year-old Fort Myers woman on a charge of cruelty to animals.
The arrest of Ana Torres came after Lee County Animal Services officers found her Yorkshire Terrier dead in a backyard cage at her home in the 4900 block of South Galaxy Drive.
Torres admitted she knew the dog was ill and possibly dying but left him and went to work rather than seeking any type of veterinary care. If convicted she could receive a fine up to $10,000 and or up to five years in prison.
The arrest was part of “Operation Clean Sweep,” a joint effort of three Lee County agencies, Domestic Animal Services, the Sheriff’s Office, and Code Enforcement. The partnership is aimed at cleaning up problem communities in Lee County that are a concern for the residents and the agencies with regard to animal and code violations and possible illegal activities.
In addition to the arrest by LCSO, 36 other animal-related citations were issued for failure to license pets, failure to vaccinate pets for rabies, and improper tethering of a dog. Numerous residents were cited for code violations as well.