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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-269

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 17, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Emaciated Miniature Horses Lead To Animal Cruelty Arrest

    One miniature horse died as a result of neglect.
    • Monday
    • July 16, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    Deputy Pamela Belo
    Age 48
    23 Year Veteran


    • Felony Animal Cruelty
    • Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty


    On July 3, 2012 Pamela Belo voluntarily surrendered her four miniature horses to RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview. Due to the condition of the animals RVR Horse Rescue contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Agriculture Unit. Detectives from the Agriculture Unit responded and immediately began a criminal investigation.

    The investigation revealed that between July 2011 and July 2012, Pamela Belo deprived food and nourishment to two of the four miniature horses while in her custody and care. Belo’s action caused the two horses to suffer from malnutrition over an extended period such that they lost a high percentage of body weight. As a result of this neglect one of the miniature horses died of starvation. The second horse is expected to recover.

    Belo surrendered at the Orient Road Jail on July 16, 2012.

    Belo is a 23-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the Community Outreach Division. Belo was suspended without pay and subsequently resigned.
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