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Please provide thanks for maximum penalty of puppy abuse

April 16, 2013
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Update | Source Samantha Syoen, Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office

I get regular updates on them (the puppies). They are recovering well.

Kelly Worcester (prosecutor) filed a felony Cruelty to Animal charge against the defendant. That is the highest level charge he can receive in this case.

He is in court tomorrow, April 17, as his attorney is seeking a motion to reduce bond. That hearing is at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 7B.

Background | Source Cape Coral Police Department

Cape Coral Police Arrest Man in Brutal Case of Animal Cruelty

(April 1, 2013)- Cape Coral Police arrested a man last night for his role in a brutal case of animal abuse. Pedro Moreta, 52 of 4322 Palm Tree Blvd was arrested on charges of Felony Animal Cruelty.

Officers received a call Sunday night at 10:50pm about a man dragging and kicking two dogs as he walked along the 1200 block of Cape Coral Parkway. The caller believed that one of the dogs may have been dead. Within minutes officers from the 3rd Platoon arrived and made contact with Moreta who indeed had two puppies on a single leash. The puppies, weighing about 5lbs each, were cowering under Moreta as he spoke with officers.

Moreta appeared intoxicated and had just purchased beer from the Citgo Station prior to officers stopping him. The two dogs were shaking and crying. Moreta stated the puppies were approximately 8 weeks old. The tan female puppy “Bella” was shaking and bleeding excessively from her paws and rear legs as she lay on the asphalt. The black puppy “Blaca” was shaking and had difficulty standing. When asked by officers what he was doing, Moreta replied that the dogs did not want to walk so he was dragging them along.

Lee County Animal Control responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Animal Control Officers determined that the injuries sustained by the puppies were indeed abuse. Animal Control further determined that the injuries were severe enough to be considered life-threatening. In fact, it was the opinion of Animal Control that they puppies may have to be euthanized due to the likelihood of severe internal injuries.

The tan puppy, Bella, had most of her front paw pads torn off. Bella also had severe scrapes and possible chemical burns on her rear legs. Bella’s rear pads were torn apart along with the front of her rear legs which was caused when she was too exhausted to resist and collapsed as she was being dragged. Bella also sustained scraps and cuts to her stomach. Bella was bleeding from all four of her paws and was shaking uncontrollably during the investigation. Bella and Blaca, who are only 8 weeks old, would cower when Moreta would come near them. At one point Blaca walked over to Bella and laid on top of her to shield her from Moreta.

The investigation revealed that Moreta intentionally caused unnecessary and repeated pain to both the 8 week old puppies. As a result, Moreta was placed under arrest for animal cruelty and taken to the Lee County Jail. The dogs were taken by Lee County Animal Control.

During the arrest, Moreta continued to joke about the matter and asked the arresting officers “who gives a f**k about some G**damn dogs.”

Whom to contact ,,

Sample letter

RE: Case # 13CF015420

To Whom It Concerns,

I have learned of extremely disturbing and malicious cases of animal cruelty allegedly committed by Pedro Moreta, 52, of 4322 Palm Tree Blvd., and I am writing to express my support of sentencing this defendant to the maximum penalty allowed under the law. It is my understanding that he has been charged with felony Cruelty to Animal, the highest level charge he can receive in this case, and I am writing to express my support and gratitude to you for this charge. Mr. Moreta has allegedly committed deliberate and methodical abuse and torture on two puppies on March 31 along the 1200 block of Cape Coral Parkway. It is essential to recognize that Mr. Moreta’s decision to harm these gentle, innocent non-human animals was premeditated as demonstrated by the chronicle of events. Mr. Moreta’s alleged crimes include dragging two puppies along the road causing such extensive injuries that euthanasia was considered. For a greater description of the injuries, please read from the Cape Coral Police Department at

When I try to imagine what possible motive animal abusers entertain for subjecting their animal victims to such malicious, heinous acts of brutality, I fail, but I am thankful for a lack of cognitive understanding and rationalization. To voluntarily engage in such malicious behaviour suggests sadistic tendencies, and Moreta’s actions, causing unmitigated pain and suffering, demonstrates his incontrovertible lack of morality regarding other living beings and a gross disrespect for the law. In fact, a person who shows such a remarkable lack of compassion towards non-human animals has the ability to show such indifference towards human animals. This link between animal and human abuse has been established, and if we excuse Mr. Moreta’s criminal behaviour, or agree to a lesser punishment, we only harm ourselves by unjustly nullifying cruelty as acceptable behaviour.

I am thanking you for taking an unyielding position against animal cruelty and holding Mr. Moreta accountable by sentencing him in accordance with the maximum penalty allowed. We need to demonstrate in both word and action that the human essence of empathy does not exist to excuse maliciousness, it exists to provide compassion and justice to the brutalized and punishment to those who willingly deviate from this capacity. If we do not do our duty to provide this, we harm animals and invite injustice into our society.

I know your time is limited and I want to thank you for your attention and consideration to this message.


we thank you for showing what humanity means,
for standing up against the cruel and obscene.
for letting it be known that the laws do apply,
and those who commit acts so vile,
will not just coast by.
by standing up for those puppies, you
have stood up for all those oppressed,
and have shown what mankind can do,
when he is at his best

thank you

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2013 4:09 pm

    emails sent thanks Stacey its so very important to thank them it lets them know we appreciate it ad that we followed the case and more importantly it lets them know we care


    • April 16, 2013 4:15 pm

      I totally agree. This alert started as an appeal to apply the maximum penalty, but then I received the update that it already had been applied. It is very important, as you so wisely write, to demonstrate our gratitude to show the importance of animal abuse laws and the applying of the maximum penalty. Thanks, Florence.


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      April 17, 2013 3:34 am



  2. April 17, 2013 3:25 am

    we thank you for showing what humanity means,
    for standing up against the cruel and obscene.
    for letting it be known that the laws do apply,
    and those who commit acts so vile,
    will not just coast by.
    by standing up for those puppies, you
    have stood up for all those oppressed,
    and have shown what mankind can do,
    when he is at his best

    thank you


  3. Eileen Klapak permalink
    June 6, 2013 6:34 pm

    This jerk is telling people in jail that he’s there for “walking his dogs”. He just doesn’t get it.


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