Abused dog in LCSO rehabilitation program graduates, finds new home

An abused dog is looking for a new home nearly two months after deputies found him with his legs and mouth taped, limping on a busy road, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Paco is a survivor of abuse and recently graduated from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office cell dog program and is heading to Mutty Paws Rescue to find a home.

“I couldn’t be happier to report that Paco has made a full recovery and is heading to Mutty Paws Rescue,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a Facebook post. “Paco deserves a loving home, free from abuse and neglect.”

Paco, a terrier mix, has left the Sheriff’s Office cell dog program with Mutty Paws Rescue and is bound for his new home. The rescue operates out of Palm Beach County.

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On June 13, deputies responded to the RaceTrac at the 16900 block of North Cleveland Avenue in reference to a limping dog on the busy road.

Paco was brought to safety through a joint effort of the Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force; Northern District Criminal Investigation Division; Lee County Pet Services; and help from a passerby, Marceno said at a press conference in June.

Paco has completed the Sheriff’s Office’s Cell Dog program and is another achievement as inmates and deputies work to rehabilitate dogs who have been abused or abused, according to the Facebook post.

Not too long ago, Marceno won in court in another animal cruelty case and became the owner of Sheeba, an abused female mixed-breed bulldog.

“It’s not just about taking that animal away from the abuser and holding them accountable,” he told The News-Press in June. “We don’t want to return this animal and put it back in a position where it will be mistreated again.”

Marceno said he would pursue a similar outcome for Paco’s case.

Paco’s owner, Emerito Marquez, 25, was arrested on June 14 for animal cruelty and released on June 25, according to prison records.

He is then due to appear in court on August 31.

Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can reach Tomas at [email protected] or 772-333-5501. Follow him on Twitter @TomasFRoBeltran.

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Lee County Sheriff’s Program Graduates of Abused Dog, Finds

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