1-14-2011 by Nathan Harrington
Leon County Animal Control responds to a complaint of barking dogs on the 2500 block of Southwood Plantation Road.
And what they found lead LCSO to arrest a man on animal cruelty charges.
And this is not the first time the same man has been arrested for identical charges.
Back in June, the Leon County Sheriff's Office arrested Leslie Meyers on 61 counts related to animal cruelty and dog fighting.
Last night 1/13 they took the same man into custody for almost identical charges.
This is video of Leslie Meyers from last summer, before he was arrested for animal cruelty and dog fighting.
He was out on bond when LCSO arrested him last night at this home on Southwood Plantation Road.
LCSO deputies charged him with 25 counts of animal cruelty, 26 counts of possession of animals for the purpose of fighting, and 4 counts of possession of equipment for use in animal fighting.
Charges Sergeant James McQuaig says law enforcement is not taking lightly.
Sergeant James McQuaig says, 'We had no knowledge of this new location. We consider these cases a high priority. And we are continuing to aggressively pursue these types of cases."
Authorities say they discovered 25 pit bull dogs living in individual crates.
The animals had no food or water, and were not protected from sub freezing temperatures.
In addition, Meyers possessed strength training equipment and other tools used to promote aggressiveness in dogs.
Richard Zeigler says, "Several of the animals has sores on their bodies. Some had lacerations, a lot of them had bite wounds on their bodies. Several of the wounds look like they are consistent with dog fighting."
Some of the dogs that were taken are at a local veterinarian receiving care for their injuries.
The others are being cared for at the Leon County Animal Shelter.
None of the dogs have life-threatening injuries.
On January 13, 2011 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2500 block of Southwood Plantation Road in reference to assisting a Leon County Animal Control Officer with an animal cruelty investigation. Animal Control Officers had responded to a complaint of barking dogs and discovered several pit bull dogs in crates without food, water or protection from the elements on a night when the temperature was expected to reach 20 degrees.
Property Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and discovered that Leslie Meyers, 34, appeared to be raising and training the dogs for the purposes of fighting. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence located at 2496-B Southwood Plantation Road and located 26 pit bull dogs. Each animal was housed without protection from the elements and had no food or water. They also located strength training equipment and “bait poles” used to promote aggressiveness along with “bite sticks” intended to train the animals for fighting.
Meyers was arrested in July of 2010 by detectives for 26 counts of owning animals for the purposes of fighting, 3 counts of possessing equipment for use in animal fighting, 3 counts of felony animal
cruelty and 23 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. 26 pit bull dogs were seized from him then. Meyers was out of jail on a $44,500.00 bond for the 2010 charges at the time of his arrest last night.
Leslie Meyers DOB: 07-16-1976
Charges: Animal Cruelty (25 counts), Possession of Animals for the Purposes of Fighting (26 counts) and Possession of Equipment for Use in Animal Fighting (4 counts)