A Fort Myers dog owner faces three citations for animal cruelty in the hanging death of his pit bull.
Lee County Animal Services says George Cochran was negligent in leaving his pit bull, Kiki, tied outside while he was at work.
LCAS reportedly had contact with Cochran previously about the way his dog was tethered, and had recommended the use of a pulley.
However, Animal Services will actually seek a lesser sentence of community service and restriction from owning another animal, according to public information officer Ria Brown.
"We're not sure how much this particular individual understood, so that's why we're recommending community service," explained Brown. "We want him to understand what happened. And we want him to take responsibility for it. But we don't believe he intended his dog to die."
Cochran faces a mandatory court appearance and a maximum $500 fine.