UPDATE: Sheriff Mike Scott tells WINK News Mark Sievers has contacted Lee County Animal Services.
“(He) explained to them the reasoning perhaps for the dog being a little disheveled is that his schedule has been changed dramatically since the passing of his wife, the death of his wife, and then he explained because of media coverage he’s not coming and going to the residence as he typically would,” Scott said.
Scott added the dog in question is quite old, which may be why it appeared in poor health. Scott said Animal Services described the dog’s health as “marginal” and he does not anticipate Sievers will be given a citation.
The dogs are currently at the Sievers’ home on Jarvis Road.
A team of veterinarians visited the home Wednesday afternoon.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Only WINK News was there as Lee County deputies and animal control officers responded to the Sievers home on Jarvis Road in Bonita Springs Tuesday.
Deputies say they arrived at the home to check on an alarm, which was tripped and blaring during the afternoon. They also say they were worried about the welfare of the family’s dogs.
Deputies called Lee County Domestic Animal Services out of concern for the family’s two dogs, which were in the garage. An Animal Services officer brought a bag of dog food to the house, and then put up several notices on the home- warning that the dogs could be impounded for being abandoned.
Teresa Sievers’ husband Mark also arrived at the home, but would not answer our questions.
Neighbor Kimberly Torres says, “I feel really bad for the dogs because they’re really good dogs, they’re nice dogs, they came over here and played with my kids before. I feel bad for them, yes, I do.”
All of this activity has neighbors nervous, especially as Sheriff Mike Scott says more arrests are possible in the case. Torres says, “it is very unfortunate, we’re supposed to feel safe in our neighborhood. I do not feel safe not even with the two guys arrested, I still don’t feel safe.”