Lee County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Dog Brutally Killed in Lehigh Acres
April 4, 2020
On Friday, April 3, 2020, at approximately 10:00 pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a well-being check at a single-family residence in the 4500 block of 20th Street SW, Lehigh Acres.
Initial information indicated that a subject, later identified as Vicasso Lara, (DOB 10-06-1995) was present at the 20th Street SW location, and that Lara had been threatening people at a residence located in the 100 block of East 11th Street, Lehigh Acres, where Lara had reportedly also killed his dog.
After speaking with Lara and a witness, deputies responded to the 11th Street SW residence, where deputies observed several pools of blood outside the residence and bloody footprints near the rear entrance to the home.
LCSO detectives obtained and immediately executed a search warrant for the 11th Street SW residence, where detectives and crime scene technicians discovered the body of a dog in the kitchen oven, which had been turned to its highest setting.
The investigation revealed Lara had stabbed the dog numerous times, beaten the animal with a bludgeon, and otherwise brutalized the dog prior to having placed it in the oven.
Based facts revealed during the investigation, Lara was arrested and charged with violation of Florida Statute 828.12(2) Torture/Inflict Pain/Serious Physical Injury/Death upon an animal.
Deputies booked Lara to the Lee County Jail, where he is being held without bond, pending his initial court appearance.
“I’m speechless,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “This is possibly the most brutal and horrific example of animal abuse my team or I have ever seen. We will pursue the absolute maximum punishment for this horrific crime.”