Help needed to stop Liberty County from returning seized dogs to dogfighter

December 17, 2014

According to a December 17 post on My Panhandle, the dogs seized from a dogfighting ring may be returned to their owner unless a rescue steps up to save them.

Pit Bull Advocates posted the following on their Facebook page.

“LIBERTY CO. SHERIFF OFFICE IN BRISTOL FLORIDA IS PLANNING ON GIVING A CONVICTED DOG FIGHTER HIS DOGS BACK BECAUSE WE CANT FIND A RESCUE TO TAKE THEM. PLEASE CALL AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS THAT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND NOT AN OPTION,PLEASE BE NICE.. 850-643-2235…UNDER SHERIFF 850-447-5118.. WE NEED MORE TIME TO FIND A RESCUE THERE ARE 13 DOGS. THEY WERE FOUND TIED UP TO TREES IN THE WOODS. NO FOOD OR WATER.”

This is a serious situation, as 15 pit bulls (above post says 13 need rescue) used in a dog fighting ring seized August 23 by the Liberty County Florida Sheriff’s Office are at risk of being returned to their owner.

Convicted felon Leslie Myers should be kept away from these dogs at all costs. The pit bulls were found malnourished, on steroids and showed dog fighting wounds.

Since Liberty County doesn’t have an animal control department, Deputy Caryl Maratta took the dogs in. A court date scheduled for December has been delayed until January 14, 2015.

Within 24 hours the Sheriff’s Office says a rescue must come get the dogs or Myers will regain custody until his hearing. This has come about due to complaints from the community, Undersheriff Brian Langston stated to news media.

Please contact the following asking the dogs be given more time for rescue. Only a monster would return these poor dogs to another monster. Information is listed below, as well as in statement posted on Pit Bull Advocates. Please call NOW!

On Facebook: Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office phone number given on their website (850) 643-5615

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