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Reward up to $16,600 for dog found with mouth taped shut

March 13, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lee County Sheriff's Office continues to search for information regarding a dog found wandering around Lehigh Acres with his mouth taped shut with red electrical tape.

The dog was discovered near the 3000 block of 42nd Street SW on Feb. 28, dehydrated, panting, bloody, and malnourished.

He has been recovering at Lee County Domestic Animal Services and has been given the name Chance.

"They have been wonderful with him and he seems to be doing really well," said Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mariam Dotson.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office decided to make Chance an honorary member of its force. Sheriff Carmine Marceno adopted Chance and will give him an assignment for the office's "Pets on Patrol" program once he fully recovers. He will now be referred to as Deputy Chance and is already starting to fulfill his duties with the force.

On Saturday, March 9, Deputy Chance got his first assignment and accompanied Marceno to attend the grand opening of Spinz Roller Skating Center and helped assist with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"The officers are trying to get him more socialized and out in the community," Dotson said. "He will be officially deputized and there is even talk of getting him a custom-made uniform."

Donations continue to pour in to help the dog and find the person that taped his mouth shut. Currently the reward is up to $16,600.

"There is nothing new as far as finding the person responsible, but we have been getting tips. This case has progressed and is moving quickly. We hope to find the perpetrator and get justice for Chance," said Dotson.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

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