The Clewiston News

No suspects named in Clewiston animal abuse case

A picture posted to Facebook shows Aaliyah's wounds after being dragged down a road in Montura Ranch Saturday, June 6.

Nearly two weeks ago, Clewiston Animal Control officers were notified of a mother pit bull that had sustained life-threatening injuries when she was apparently dragged down a desolate road in Montura Ranch.

The pit bull was taken to Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers on June 6, where she was humanely put to sleep under the caring watch of veterinarians and staff, who affectionately named her Aaliyah before she passed.

Animal Control officers and deputies with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office have been working to find Aaliyah’s alleged abuser ever since, but according to Captain Susan Harrelle, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, there are still no suspects in the case.

Harrelle also said deputies don’t know for certain if the incident was done maliciously, or if Aaliyah could have fallen out of the truck and accidentally dragged down the road.

Whether intentional or not, no individuals have been identified in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Clewiston Animal Control (863-983-1474), the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (863-983-1440), or Crime Stoppers (1-800-780-TIPS).

There is a reward for information on the individual or individuals involved in the case, including up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers, $5,000 from the Stop Illegal Dog Fighting GoFundMe account, and roughly $2,000 from Gulf Coast Humane Society, which has been collecting donations from concerned citizens since the incident occurred.