Fort Myers teacher charged for having puppy in his trunk
FOX 4 Staff
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - A teacher at Gateway Charter High School is charged with animal cruelty after a puppy was found in the trunk of car Friday morning.
Two students spotted 28-year-old Matthew Eric Emans take a puppy out of the trunk of a Mercedes, walk it, then put it back in the trunk.
The students notified the School Resource Officer who asked Emans to open the trunk where the puppy was found, still alive.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services was called to the scene. Mr. Emans surrendered the dog to LCDAS who transported it to the agency’s veterinary clinic for care. The puppy was panting heavily and in need of water. Mr. Emans was charged by Animal Services with misdemeanor Animal Cruelty under Florida State Statute 828.12 which is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
Oakley, the four-month-old Staffordshire Terrier puppy, is available for adoption. The shelter is taking applications. Interested adopters may complete an application online at www.LeeLostPets.com, or come to the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, to submit an application.