Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-323

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 22, 2015
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    Aggravated Animal Cruelty

    Suspect intentionally dropped the animal into the swimming pool.
    • Friday
    • June 19, 2015
    • Time: 9:10 AM
    • Vista Inn
    • 400 Bearss Avenue East
    • Tampa

    Suspect:


    Steve B. Rodd
    DOB: 12/23/65
    400 Bearss Av East
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

    Details:

    On June 19, 2015 at 9:10 a.m., Steve B. Rodd intentionally dropped a pet rabbit into the swimming pool of the Vista Inn at 400 Bearss Avenue East. He stood on the pool deck as the rabbit struggled in the water and made no effort to save it. The rabbit stopped struggling in the water after approximately 2 minutes and the suspect walked away. Maintenance staff removed the deceased rabbit from the water after another guest observed it floating in the pool. He was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.


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