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Cape Coral man gets jail for animal cruelty

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Cape Coral man gets jail for animal cruelty

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Jul 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 23, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Cape Coral man will go to jail for abusing two puppies.  Pedro Moreta was arrested in March when he was spotted late at night by a McDonald's employee dragging the two along Cape Coral Parkway.

Newly-released surveillance video from that McDonald's sealed the case. It shows Moreta committing the crime. 

Noelle Cella is the prosecutor. "That was one of the main pieces of evidence," she said. "Mr. Moreta received not only the maximum amount of jail time but he also received the maximum amount of probation," she said.

Moreta received pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty.  He received 364 days in the Lee County Jail followed by 48months of probation. He will also have to pay a $2,500 fine, court and prosecution costs along with more than $1,400 in court costs to Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

"I was very pleased and the state is very pleased with the sentence that was imposed on Mr. Moreta," added Cella.

Moreta must also perform 150 hours of community service, face random drug screens, take anger management counseling and have no contact with domesticated animals.

The two dogs involved in the incident have since been adopted out. They've been renamed Max and Lily. Their owner says they show no signs of abuse. 

Custom Enforcement  (ICE) officials say he's a Haitian national, who they plan to detain.