Puppies Bella and Blaca, who were allegedly dragged and kicked down a Cape Coral street, are now ready for new homes. The two 10-week-old pit bull puppies were treated for their injuries and have healed sufficiently to be placed for adoption, according to Lee County Domestic Animal Services' veterinarian.
LCDAS is now taking adoption applications and hopes to find a family that can adopt both puppies. Anyone wishing to submit an application may do so online at www.leelostpets.com or fill out an application at the shelter, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. The puppies are available for viewing during adoption hours from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
On April 1, a McDonald's employee called 911 and reported she saw a man dragging and kicking two puppies down the street.
Police officers arrived and spoke with Pedro Moreta, 52, who had two puppies on a leash. Moreta was subsequently charged with felony animal cruelty, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
He was being held in the Lee County jail on $100,000 bond.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services was called to take the puppies for medical treatment. Animal Services investigates possible cases of animal cruelty. Anyone with information regarding animal abuse is asked to call 239-533-7387.
To be eligible to receive a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.