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 up 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 at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. The puppies will be 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.
Blaca and Bella
Cape Coral Police officers arrived and spoke with Pedro Moreta, 52, of 4322 Palm Tree Blvd., who had two puppies on a leash. Moreta was subsequently charged with felony animal cruelty, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
He was being held in the Lee County jail on $100,000 bond late Wednesday afternoon.
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 Animal Services at 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.
Source: Lee County Animal Control Services