Bond lowered for Cape man accused of abusing puppies

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Bond lowered for Cape man accused of abusing puppies

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Apr 17, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Bond was lowered for a Cape Coral man arrested three weeks ago, charged with abusing two puppies.

At a hearing this morning a judge lowered 52-year-old Pedro Moreta's bail from $100,000 to $50,000.

"We respect the judge's decision," Samantha Syoen, communications director for the state's attorney said. "We weren't unhappy with $100,000 bond originally set but $50,000 is still very high in such a case."

Moreta was arrested Sunday March 31 for dragging two puppies down Cape Coral Parkway.  Moreta also happens to be in this country illegally.

One of the puppies nearly died, both have been nursed back to health and adopted out.

"We like to send a message to people who commit crimes for anything that we take everything serious," Syoen. "So even though we're dealing with two little puppies, it really touched a nerve."