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Miami-Dade County Animal Services investigation leads to arrest and conviction of man involved in barbaric case of animal cruelty

MIAMI (July 01, 2015)

Miami-Dade County Animal Services’ vigilant investigation into horrific allegations involving animal mutilation and neglect played a key role in the arrest of Lazaro Ruiz who pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty on Monday, June 29, 2015.

The Animal Services Department initiated their investigation based on postings obtained from various social media sites depicting Mr. Ruiz with horribly mutilated puppies and an adult dog butchered in what appeared to be a barbaric home caesarean section. The Department was able to link the faceless individual in the photos to Mr. Ruiz based on tattoos evident in the postings.

The four dogs were confiscated by the Animal Services Department on November 18, 2014, received intensive care and rehabilitation and were adopted into loving homes.

“The Department worked closely with the State Attorney’s Office in this case. We are pleased that we were able to save and find good homes for the four pets that were confiscated as a result of this arrest,” said Lorna Mejia, Chief of Shelter Services and Live Release Programs, Animal Services Department.

“This was an important case. Animal cruelty is always a sad and heartless crime,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “It can represent some of the worst aspects of the human character. Miami-Dade Animal Services has been an unswerving partner in our efforts to effectively prosecute those who perform such abuses.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 abandoned dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County. For more information call 3-1-1 or visit the Animal Services website.