Judge allows Fort Pierce man videoed abusing his dogs to retain custody

In Fort Pierce, Florida, a man videoed kicking, punching and hitting his dogs with a harness, will be allowed to retain custody of his pets, even after the city tried to have the dogs removed from the man’s home.

On Thursday, Judge Edmond Alonzo, stated even though the video showed abuse, the treatment of the dogs did not warrant Margareto Lopez-Moreno to lose custody. The judge, however set specific requirements for Lopez-Moreno to keep his dogs. According to WptvNews, Animal Care and Control of Fort Pierce agreed to the following:

  • Lopez-Moreno will face three counts of civil animal abuse – rather than the potential of criminal charges.
  • He with be under supervision for two years.
  • He will be required to attend anger management and dog training classes if he does not surrender the animals.
  • He will be responsible for paying all costs for the boarding of the three dogs at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.

Peggy Arraiz, the Code Compliance Manager for Fort Pierce, stated the video, which was made by a neighbor of Lopez- Moreno, had been extremely difficult to watch as the dogs cowered. The video showed the dogs being hit several times crying out in pain and fear.  During Ms. Arraiz’ seven years working as the code manager, she has only petitioned to have five dogs removed from their owners for abuse – this was the first time the city had lost their case.

In July, Lopez-Moreno surrendered the dogs to the Humane Society, but since the time has also purchased a fourth dog. At the time of the video, he claimed he had been training and disciplining the dogs. At least one of the dogs is up for adoption.

Animal advocates were disappointed in the judge’s decision allowing the dogs back into Lopez-Moreno’s custody.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Let’s help Calista. Read her story here.

Caught red-handed…watch this dog’s adorable reaction after being caught with a bucket in his mouth!

16 replies
  1. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Who the hell is this judge! Doesn’t he have any sympathy for these poor babies. He has to be retarded to give those pups back to that son of a bitch. And then allow him to get another pup! If that was a white person we would have been put in jail. What an asshole.

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    • KELLY DELERENZO says:

      I DEFINITELY AGREE WITH YOU MA’AM. THANK GOD IT WORKED OUT BETTER FOR THE PUPPY.. ANYBODY THAT ABUSES AN ANIMAL BUT IT’S TOTALLY DEFENSELESS IS A COWARD SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANIMALS

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  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    This judge needs to grow a pair! All he wants is to keep his job and make everybody happy! Remember his name people! Vote him out next time he comes up for re-election, please! Speak up for those who have no voice! This man has a serious problem!

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  3. Gizmos Mommy says:

    If this aaswipe of a judge was elected into its position, the voters need to remember that come time for reelection.

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  4. Luana Duncan says:

    WTF? Is this judge crazy or what??? I can’t believe he won custody back of his dogs!!! This judge surely isn’t in favor of the dogs or any animals for that matter!! I’m so angry at his desicion!!

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  5. slv says:

    This is just wrong!!! Is anyone doing anything else to get the dogs away from that POS?? Someone will find them seriously injured if not dead. Please stop this!!!

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  6. Animals#1 says:

    Another worthless judge in our worthless non justice system. The victims human and animals never get justice. That Is one of the reasons our country is in turmoil. Humans who hurt other humans and abuse and kill animals, should get the same treatment. Eye for an eye justice is needed and the only answer to our countries problem.

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  7. Jo says:

    The judge needs to be put thru the treatment and abuse the man does to those pups! Maybe he’ll understand then what it’s all about!!!!

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  8. Charlene Crowe says:

    Please write this ELECTED Judge. Be polite and FIRMLY state your disgust with his LACK of enforcement. AC and advocates are a joke because of lame decisions made by these ELECTED officials…make a difference when HIS time comes for any consideration for any re-election. He is unworthy to wear any robe. He is one of THEM…

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  9. Stacy Karron says:

    And then when this piece of shit goes on to abuse a child or another human being, will the judge be held accountable? The judge and this piece of shit both belong in jail. And may they be sodomized daily until their sphincters fall out!

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  10. Betty Welton says:

    This is a shame to not take these animals out of this mans reach. What ever he is mad at is not the dogs fault. If we as humans don’t speak up for them who will. Please reconsider your decision on this man having animals. Thank you.

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  11. Charlene Crowe says:

    Write him a letter, I did…He is an elected official…VOTE his ass out!
    Regretfully this Judge CHOSE to stand down…
    Honorable Judge Edmond W.. Alonzo
    19th Judicial Circuit
    250 NW Country Club Dr
    PSL, FL 34986

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