Starving Dog Found with Mouth Taped Shut Is Now Sheriff’s Brave Deputy ‘Chance’

LCSO Deputy Chance is a dog with a story to tell. Found abandoned after suffering cruel abuse and having his mouth taped shut, Chance has slowly regained his health and climbed the social ladder in one fell swoop: he’s been employed at the sheriff’s office.

Chance was originally discovered roaming the streets of southwest Florida after the Lee County Domestic Animal Services received a call from a concerned resident. His mouth had been sealed shut with red electrical tape, and he was dehydrated, starving, and bleeding from wounds on his leg and chest. According to Fox 13, the perpetrator was nowhere to be found.

Chance was in visible distress, panting, drooling, and struggling to breathe. LCDAS took the dog in and he was quickly assessed by a veterinarian.

It didn’t take long for Chance’s buoyant spirit to return, however, and in early March of 2019, he was adopted. Deputy Richard Castellon is delighted to have taken him in: “Dogs are in my blood,” the deputy said, speaking to WINK News. “Even when I saw the story myself, you know, it was horrific … Animals, they’re innocent.”

Chance, now 1 year old, has more than just typical house pet duties to fulfill: he’s got a job! Sheriff Carmine Marceno of Lee County Sheriff’s Office didn’t hesitate in welcoming the extraordinary dog onto their tight-knit team. “He’s part of the family,” the sheriff said.

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Posted by Lee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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