He got a second ‘Chance’ and now he could become top dog

He got a second chance at life, a chance to save lives, and now Chance has a chance to be a national top dog. The cur mix breed, that was once severely abused, rescued and became a deputy dog, is now one three semi-finalists in the shelter dog category of […]

He got a second chance at life, a chance to save lives, and now Chance has a chance to be a national top dog. The cur mix breed, that was once severely abused, rescued and became a deputy dog, is now one three semi-finalists in the shelter dog category of the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

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Chance was found roaming around a Lehigh Acres neighborhood in February 2019 bleeding, dehydrated and bound with red electrical tape around his mouth. Officers described him then as being near death. They believe he was being used as a bait dog for dog fights. Chance was adopted by Lieutenant Richard Castellon and deputized by Sheriff Carmine Marceno. The dog sparked the agency to launch an Animal Cruelty Task Force with Chance as a spokesdog. Now known as Deputy Chance, he is an advocate against animal cruelty and a promoter of the adoption of shelter pets.

A year later, Oscar Lee Thompson III was found guilty of aggravated animal abuse was sentenced to five years of probation.

Lt. Richard Castellon is the handler for K-9 Deputy Chance.

Sheriff Marceno said Chance is the reason that animal abuse cases are going down in Lee County, and he’s the reason for the task force against animal cruelty.

“The first thing I remember is the photograph of his month with the duct tape around it,” Marceno recalled this week. “It was so tight, and his tongue was out. A picture is worth a thousand words. I had a sickening feeling in my stomach, and I was sick that someone could treat an animal like this, and I thought this is a chance to do something and that was when Chance became Chance. That was the day that Lee County changed moving forward. He represents so many things in our community.”

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