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Florida Judge in Animal Abuse Case Grants Custody to Sheriff

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–A judge granted emergency custody of an allegedly abused dog to the Lee County Sheriff on May 12, in a civil hearing during which the dog’s owner had to be removed from the courtroom twice for disruptive behavior.
At the center of the civil suit was a 2-year-old black-and-white Pitbull named Sheba, who was described by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno as “very loving.”
“It’s important to understand that we take a zero-tolerance stance for animal abuse. And today we prevailed,” Marceno told reporters at the hearing’s conclusion.
The sheriff sought the emergency legal action after a video was brought to the attention of the Lee County Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Task Force via a private Facebook group.

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