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Lynda Jo Vilches
aka. Lynda Jo Willard
6113 Ike Smith Road
Plant City, Florida
- One Felony Count of Animal Cruelty (25 year old thoroughbred gelding)
In April 2013, HCSO was notified of an abused horse that was previously acquired from Lynda Jo Vilches who resides at 6113 Ike Smith Road in Plant City. Detectives initiated an investigation and verified that a 25 year old thoroughbred named “Rusty” had been neglected.
HCSO Agriculture detectives determined that while “Rusty” was under the care of Lynda Jo Vilches she deprived him of the proper nourishment by feeding him so little he suffered malnutrition amounting to excessive and unnecessary pain and suffering. In addition to the sever malnutrition, “Rusty's” left front fetlock was injured and left untreated as well as severely overgrown hoofs which would cause extreme pain and discomfort with each step the horse took.
After consultation with a veterinarian, it was determined that there was no medical condition identified that would cause “Rusty” to be emaciated like he was other than malnutrition due to neglect. On April 24, 2013 “Rusty” had to be euthanized.
On May 18, 2013 Lynda Vilches turned herself into the Hillsborough County Jail.