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      Lee County battles different kind of illegal dumping

      Lee County Code Enforcement officials were called out to a residence on Cedar Street in Leesburg several months ago because neighbors complained of the yard being full of trash.The trash was cleaned up at the time but code enforcement was called back last week to respond to complaints of more trash and a dead deer in the yard.Ben Roberts, with code enforcement, was notified over the weekend that the same deer had then been illegally dumped by the Muckalee Creek in Leesburg.Roberts issued the illegal dumper two citations for the trash and the animal in his yard and the Department of Natural Resources also wrote him a citation for illegally dumping the dead animal.Roberts told FOX 31 they see this happen more often during hunting season but says there's no excuse. He says the proper way to dispose of the animal is to take it to the landfill where you can drop it off for free.Public works stressed that this is not only breaking county ordinances, but it's a health hazard to those who come near the dead animal.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!