Florida Woman Arrested for Animal Abuse Because One Of Her Dogs Had A Prong Collar That Was Embedded Into Its Neck

A Florida woman was arrested after a warrant was issued for her in December for animal abuse.

On Dec. 7, 2020, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to the 500 Block of Wyoming Road in Lehigh Acres in reference to an animal at large.

They located two dogs tethered in the backyard without shelter and one of the dogs had a prong collar that was embedded into its neck, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

Carmen Melendez, 31, was charged with animal cruelty and is being held in Lee County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Through the investigation, it was learned that Melendez bought the prong collar and put it on her dog to keep him from escaping the yard.

She surrendered the dog to Lee County Domestic Animal Services, who had difficulty removing the collar that caused multiple puncture wounds to the dog’s neck, the post states.

The dog was examined by a veterinarian who determined the injuries were consistent with neglect and could have been prevented.

A warrant was issued for Melendez’s arrest on Dec. 15, 2020, because of the dog’s injuries and she was located and now taken into custody.

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