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PETITION TARGET: Office of the State Attorney Twentieth Judicial Circuit

UPDATE (10/23/2023): A jury trial is scheduled for this case starting in January 2024, according to court records. We’ll keep watching this case. —Lady Freethinker Staff


A Goldendoodle puppy named Buzz Lightyear died wet, disoriented, and unable to stand up or even breathe normally in an emergency veterinary hospital after one of his guardians reportedly beat him to death, according to news reports.

A vet exam revealed the 5-month-old puppy had likely blunt force trauma to the head, bruising to his ear and mouth, and extensive muscle damage. The puppy’s necropsy report confirmed the defenseless dog died from being beaten and bleeding internally, and likely suffered significantly before his untimely death. 

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has charged Naples resident Robert William Garon, 23, of cruelty to animals, causing cruel death, pain and suffering. 

Animal cruelty charges in Florida can carry up to one year of jail time or a maximum fine of $5,000, or up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 if aggravating factors are present.

This case of intentional and fatal cruelty must be treated with the severity it deserves, and the person(s) responsible must never again be allowed to have animals in their house.

Sign our petition urging the State Attorney’s Office to hold the individual(s) responsible fully accountable, including a life-long ban on owning or caring for animals.