Lee County deputy shoots, kills dog in North Fort Myers

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Coco, the 3-year-old black Labrador retriever killed by a Lee County deputy in North Fort Myers. Credit: Devin Pegg

A Lee County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog in North Fort Myers Friday morning.

Devin Pegg wasn’t home when it happened, but he said his black lab pitbull mix named Coco is a friendly dog.

According to an incident report, a deputy was conducting an area check on Old Bridge Road when he saw an unidentified man walking in front of a home. The deputy then saw Pegg’s dog, described as a 65-pound dog, leave the yard and charge at the man “in an aggressive and threatening manner.”

The deputy exited his vehicle, the report states, to continue his conversation with the man who was almost attacked when Coco “charged” with its “mouth open, growling, and in an aggressive manner.”

The deputy fired two shots, striking Coco in the head and the chest area, the report states.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the deputy-involved shooting but the deputy will continue working.

“I’m thinking it’s a gunshot in the neighborhood, it’s not a gunshot right in front of my house,” Pegg said.

Pegg said his girlfriend called to tell him his dog had been shot. Pegg said he rushed home and found Coco dead.

“I don’t even know how to explain what you want to call what happened here today. It just disgusts me it really does,” Pegg said.

Coco was buried in the front yard.

Pegg said Coco was not an aggressive dog.

“Coco is terrified of anything,” Pegg said. “She will only come up to you if she is familiar with you. If not she cowers.”

Pegg said Coco belonged to his mother, who died, and was his last connection to her.

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