LCSO: Detectives Arrest Man for Animal Cruelty Again

By: LCSO Press Release, Nathan Harrington Email
By: LCSO Press Release, Nathan Harrington Email

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)

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  • by Mary Location: MA on Feb 4, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    Laws should be MUCH HARSHER for animal cruelty. Animal have souls... If a person enjoys torturing an animal for fun they are capable of torturing a person for fun! I'm sure alot of people feel the same way. It's beyond words how SAD I feel when I hear stories like this...
  • by kitty Location: tallahassee on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    The THANKS should go to Leon County Animal Control and not LCSO. They are the ones who brought this guy down again. Good Job people!!!!!
  • by MR.B Location: HARRISON on Jan 17, 2011 at 05:52 PM
  • by Jan Location: Tallahassee on Jan 16, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Again??? Really??? You are miserable, horrible person to subject cruelty to poor animals. I only wish the dogs could turn the tables on your sorry behind. Jerk.
  • by tj Location: dallas on Jan 15, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    ok dog 2 strikes you are out.
  • by dee Location: Tallahassee on Jan 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    that's ignorant to say we shouldn't help animals but only humans. Humans have choices and opportunities in life. They can always ask for help and usually get it. A dog locked in a cage in some loser's backyard can do NOTHING to help itself. That's why cases like this are so pathetic, and this guy needs to be punished severely. It is heartless cowards like him who this loving, loyal breed now has such a bad reputation. This is real personal for me because my daughter rescued a poor female pit who was probably used as training bait for fighting. The dog was like a skeleton with wounds all over her head. We have rehabilitated her but she's very aggressive with other dogs which is no doubt due to her history. Other than that she is a wonderful dog, submissive, protective and loving. It's a crime that there are not much harsher penalties for this hateful activity.
  • by just do it on Jan 15, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    The word "Again" is what's so disturbing here... To "1whocaleed" - good job.
  • by a mama on Jan 15, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    shouldn't he not be allowed to own pets once he's been charged with animal cruelty? also, i heard dogs fighting on Rose st so tpd may want to check that out. btw, hes an awful person with a cold heart. anybody willing to hurt defenseless life deserves to be punished.
  • by tom Location: madison on Jan 15, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    I am against all cruelty, but doesn't this say something about our society? A man can abuse animals and FIFTY people are upset and raising cain on the internet.......but a woman can go to an abortion clinic and have her unborn baby killed and dumped in the bio hazard bag and no one even notices........
  • by shadow on Jan 15, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    The Eagles will take him and Obama will call him and tell him what a good person he turned out to be.
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