LCSO needs help locating man wanted for animal cruelty

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man wanted for violating the conditions of his release from jail after he was arrested for animal cruelty.

James Lyster, 52, was arrested in August 2023 after deputies said they responded to a call at his home after neighbors heard him screaming and his Pomeranian Benji squealing.

Deputies said when Lyster opened the door, authorities found blood smears on the wall and Benji bloodied, shaking and unable to stand.

Benji was taken to a local animal hospital, where he was treated for a broken jaw, internal bleeding and other injuries.

Benji has since fully recovered from his injuries and is now with a loving family.

Lyster was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and put in jail for a month before being released pending trial on certain conditions. Lyster violated those conditions in early May.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of James Lyster, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8744. You can also submit tips online or on the P3 Tips mobile app. Remember, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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