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Father And Son Facing Multiple Felony Dogfighting Charges After Bloodied Dogs Found In Deplorable Conditions

Published: May 05, 2022 at 01:38 PM Author: Penny Eims

Lee County, Florida – A father and son duo is facing multiple dogfighting-related felony charges after the authorities discovered 16 bloodied and injured dogs at two properties in Lee County on March 30.

According to a release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Pew Sr. and Anthony Pew Jr. were running a dogfighting operation from properties at Aspen Avenue S. and W. 9th Street in Lehigh Acres.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno commented on the case, which is one of the largest dogfighting busts in the count, describing the conditions the dogs were found in:

“These dogs were being kept in deplorable conditions, locked in cages filled with urine and feces. Many were found malnourished and had open wounds.”

Individuals who participate in the dark underworld of dogfighting do it for one reason – the love of money, at any cost. Dogs are forced to maim and kill, and if they fail in their mission, they are typically destroyed. The bodies of the dogs found at these properties reveal the brutality that they were subjected to.

According to the authorities, the dogs received veterinary care at the local animal control agency, and some of them still require “constant medical care.”

Anthony Pew Sr. and Anthony Pew Jr. are facing a slew of felony charges. Pew Sr. is charged with seven cases of dogfighting or baiting, and one count of animal torture causing serious physical injury or death. Pew Jr. is charged with five counts of dogfighting or baiting. According to the Lehigh County Citizen, Pew Sr. is no stranger to dogfighting…he was arrested for dogfighting/baiting back in 2006.

We need your support to bring an end to this brutal madness. These men must receive a sentence that is significant enough to STOP them from doing this again. Please add your name to the petition today and help us fight for justice!

We the undersigned demand that Anthony Pew Sr. and Anthony Pew Jr. are held responsible for their participation in dogfighting/dog baiting. We are petitioning for the Pews to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law and to be prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.


CBS 12

Lehigh Acres Citizen

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Pew Sr. Pew Jr

Pew Sr.

Update 9/12/2022: Both defendants are scheduled for a pre-trial conference on October 4, 2022, at 1:30 pm in courtroom 7-B.

Pew Jr.

Update 8/15/2022: Anthony Pew is scheduled for a pre-trial on 8/30/2022 at 1:30 pm in courtroom 7-B.

Update 7/17/2022: The next court date is July 27th at 1:30 pm. 

Pew Sr.

Update 6/22/2022: Animal Victory has sent 15,572 signatures to the State Attorney’s Office. The state office told Animal Victory that they make a strong commitment to prosecuting animal abuse cases and that the appropriate charges have been filed in regard to these allegations.

Update 6/08/2022: Animal Victory has learned that Anthony Pew Sr. and Anthony Pew Jr. are scheduled to appear in court on 6/22/2022 for a case management conference.

Father And Son Facing Multiple Felony Dogfighting Charges After Bloodied Dogs Found In Deplorable Conditions

15,955 signatures = 80% of goal


15,955 Linda Sommerfeld Sep 24, 2022
15,954 Christine Marchand Sep 23, 2022
15,953 Andrea Morris Sep 23, 2022
15,952 Sandra Wente Sep 23, 2022
15,951 Diane Andrews Sep 22, 2022
15,950 Elizabeth Tennison I hope both of these men suffer as much as the dogs they tortured did. Sep 21, 2022
15,949 Debra Robinson Sep 21, 2022
15,948 norah button Sep 21, 2022
15,947 Jessica Swaysland Sep 21, 2022
15,946 Deborah Martin These men are the lowest of the low. I wish they could be executed. I hope they never see the light of day again. I know that will not happen because the public does not demand that they be punished to fit the crime. Sep 21, 2022
15,945 Ronda Mershob Sep 20, 2022
15,944 Judy Orr No amount of $ would make me stoop so low as these torturing murderers. Unfortunately, animal cruelty does not offer enough punishment for such heinous acts. These 2 "inhumanes" need to get the harshest punishment available. Sep 20, 2022
15,943 susie adkins Sep 20, 2022
15,942 Jill Suttle Sep 20, 2022
15,941 Janet Smith Sep 19, 2022
15,940 Isotta Perfumo Sep 19, 2022
15,939 Miruna Beda Sep 19, 2022
15,938 Shelley Rollins Sep 19, 2022
15,937 Duchet Lydie Sep 19, 2022
15,936 Alain Segers Sep 19, 2022
15,935 Mona Gibson Sep 19, 2022
15,934 Valérie Paillard Sep 19, 2022
15,933 Laura Sealey Sep 19, 2022
15,932 Sandrine Sandrine no Sep 19, 2022
15,931 Frederick Catrice Défense et protection animale Sep 19, 2022
15,930 Cheryle Lefort Sep 19, 2022
15,929 Elena Paris Prison a vie pour ces ordures Sep 19, 2022
15,928 Carole Denurra Faut arrêté ça c'est abject et eux pas prison ça me dégoûte !!!! Sep 19, 2022
15,927 Eve TERRIER Sep 19, 2022
15,926 Nevaeh Lumiere These pieces of crap don’t deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of us. Greedy bastards don’t care about anybody else’s life but their own and making money. I hope someone gives them a taste of what they put those poor dogs through…Including the poor bait animals... ohhh yes! Sep 19, 2022