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Fort Meyers man arrested during traffic stop for disturbing animal cruelty case

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John Smith, 20, of Lee County, Fla., was arrested on Monday during a traffic stop when authorities discovered he had an outstanding warrant in an alleged brutal animal cruelty case involving a female pit bull mix believed to have belonged to him reported

On March 21, two young boys found the mutilated body of a brown and white pit bull which had been dumped in a northern Fort Meyers canal near Suncoast Estates. Lee County Domestic Animal Services were called out to investigate.

What authorities found indicated the young brown and white dog had been tortured. She had been either shot or stabbed in the face and neck, her eye and tongue were missing, a large bruise was found on her shoulder, and she was missing the fur from the left side of her body.

The dog was not wearing a collar nor was she micro-chipped.

An investigation asked for the public's help in identifying the owner of the dog in this extremely cruel deed; a tip came forward leading Animal Services to a home on Ebson Drive where an informant stated he had witnessed Smith choking a dog fitting the same description. When police arrived, they found two emaciated loose pit bull mixes at the property. The home was vacant.

The dogs were seized, and until Monday, police had not been able to find Smith. He is now being held in the Lee County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

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