Lee County Sheriff confident he will win custody of abused dog

Reporter: Justin Kase Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Pitbull Sheeba
(Credit: Lee County Clerk of Courts)

A civil hearing is being held on Thursday for the man accused of beating his dog in the backseat of his car at a south Fort Myers RaceTrac.

22-year-old Marcus Chiddister is charged with animal cruelty. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies identified him as the man seen beating his two-year-old pitbull Sheeba.

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Thursday’s hearing will determine if Chiddister and his girlfriend will ever have custody of Sheeba again.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno is trying to get custody of the dog.

“We’re going to go in there and do everything to make certain, not only… So, Sheeba’s well-being is number one… But that the people that owned Sheeba, that think it’s ok to abuse that animal never gets that dog back… And furthermore, never can have a dog or an animal,” said Marceno.

Marceno said he and his attorney are confident they will be successful.

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