lee county animal cruelty

On April, 12th 2018, Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), publicly released its investigations upon four illegal animal slaughter farms in Ft Myers, Florida, due to an gross lack of enforcement from multiple official agencies in Lee County.

Spurring a public outrage, hundreds of concerned community members and animal advocates from afar, have been holding vigils and protests begging oficials to enforce arrests upon animal killers, close their illegal businesses and allow the animals to be rescued. The Lee County State Attorneys Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Animal Care and Control, USDA, Child Services and Code Enforcement have all been called out on scenes by the community and still only one minor arrest has been made and a dog and its puppies seized. Whilst empowering and creating a global movement, local enforcment efforts have so far been naught and the operations currently remain open for business.

After what has become the first of its kind in controversies, in ARM’s otherwise concrete and successful post investigation protocols, a public evidence presentation has been organized so that false statements and misinformation made by these same official agencies on why arrests have not been made, using ARM’s evidence.

All media, county commissioners, enforcement agencies, state attorneys and event the Governor of Florida- Rick Scott have all been invited to attend to this public transparent forum.

A live Facebook stream will follow shortly. Details on the presentation, if you would like to attend are as follows;

Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2018
Time: 1:00PM
Location: Lakes Regional Library – Main room
Address: 15920 Bass Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908, United States

Former Assistant State Attorney for Miami-Dade and one of the best defenders of animal rights in our county, Jason Pizzo, will be presenting on the audio law and legality behind ARM’s evidence used in this case. A newly retired Sheriff’s Deputy Detective will also speak on the evidence of the case presenting to the State Attorney’s Office and Lee County Sheriff’s Office . An invitation was sent to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office to join this open presentation.

Media inquiries and requests should be directed to Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) founder and lead investigator, Richard “Kudo” Couto, at 305-494-2225 kudo@arminvestigations.org, or Lauren Mezzanotte 786-501-1792 mezzanotte@arminvestigations.org.

Below are virtual copies of the pdf packets that will be handed out at the event.

Updates will be made here as they occur.

Press Release and Documents