Three Lee County agencies are partnering to clean up problem communities. Domestic Animal Services, the Lee County Sheriff's Department, and Code Enforcement joined forces in the Pine Manor community on March 14. "Operation Clean Sweep" is a response from both concerned residents and the agencies regarding animal and code violations and possible illegal activities. Pine Manor is the first of several areas that will be targeted.
The sweep resulted in 32 citations, 15 for failure to vaccinate pets for rabies, 15 for failure to license pets, and two for providing false and misleading information and for obstructing an investigation. The area was also patrolled for stray dogs resulting in one impound. Thirteen cases were opened for code violations.
Animal Services also distributed information on low and no cost pet sterilization including the Trap, Neuter and Return program for feral cats, For Pit's Sake program which offers free sterilization for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, and Microchip Pet Identification Clinics.
Anyone with information related to illegal activity should report it to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-Tips. Animal related concerns should be reported to Lee County Domestic Animal Services at 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). To report code violations in unincorporated Lee County call 533-8895.