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PETITION TARGET: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

UPDATE (8/15/2022): Lester is recuperating in a hospice foster home. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has not yet made any arrests and told us that anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is urged to contact PBC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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A tiny, neglected white and gray Maltese cowered in a locked crate outside of a gas station in Florida before caring rescuers discovered him and rushed him off to urgent care, according to CBS12 News. 

Surveillance cameras captured a man walking up to the gas station on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and abandoning the dog without any food or water in the imprisoning cage, according to photos taken by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO).

The act of intentionally abandoning a helpless dog– locked in a cage, without sustenance or any guarantee that someone would rescue the innocent animal – is horrific. But the rescue now caring for the dog, whom they’ve now named Lester, also reported he came to them in bad shape from neglect.

Lester’s condition required “urgent” care, according to the Barky Pines Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, which is caring for him.  He arrived with a heart murmur, severe dental disease, cataracts and was “extremely skinny, ” according to a Facebook post from the rescue.

He also might be suffering from canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD), also known as “kennel cough,” the rescue said. 

No innocent animal should suffer the way Lester has. This act of intentional abandonment and likely ongoing, chronic neglect must be treated with the severity it deserves. 

Sign our petition urging Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to thoroughly investigate this crime and forward any applicable charges onto a prosecutor. 

Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.