Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-157

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 25, 2014
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    Woman Arrested For Animal Cruelty

    Deputies arrest woman for tying pit bull to a tree and not providing food, water or shelter for one week.
    • Thursday
    • April 24, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • 329 1st St. NW Lot 8
    • Ruskin, FL


    Maria Del Rodriguez Alvarado
    329 51st St.
    Tampa, FL

    Aggravated Cruelty to Animals


    On April 24, 2014, deputies responded to 329 1st St. NW in Ruskin in reference to a person abusing an animal. When deputies arrived, they noticed a pit bull chained to a tree. The dog was malnourished as its shoulder blades, spine, rib cage and pelvic bones were visibly showing. The dog's owner, Maria Del Rodriguez Alvarado, was located and questioned. Throughout the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Rodriguez Alvarado had gone up to one week without providing the dog any food, water or shelter. Animal Control responded and took custody of the dog. Rodriguez Alvarado was arrested and transported to the Orient Road Jail.
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