Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-299

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 3, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Man Arrested On Cruelty to Animals Charge

    He abandoned a horse at local park.
    • Tuesday
    • July 17, 2012
    • Time: 1:08 PM
    • 12108 Rhodine Road
    • Riverview, Florida


    Eugene Beard
    DOB: 10/29/63
    12106 Glenn Hill Drive
    Riverview, FL


    • Cruelty to Animals
    • Abandonment of Animal


    On July 17, 2012 at approximately 1:08 p.m. a jogger reported an abandoned horse at the Stephen J. Wortham County Park located at 12108 Rhodine Road in Riverview. RVR Horse Rescue responded and took possession of the horse.

    Eugene Beard, owner of Cheri’s Truth, a 14 year old retired racing thoroughbred was arrested on August 1, 2012 on one count of Cruelty to Animals and one count of Animal Abandonment. Beard failed to feed the horse properly over an extended period of time, such that it suffered malnutrition. The defendant then walked the horse to the Stephen J. Wortham County Park where he abandoned her. A jogger found her two days later.

    Beard was booked and released from the Hillsborough County Jail after posting bond on August 1, 2012.

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