Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-119

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 1, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Abused Horse Has A New Home

    Tate becomes a full-time student.
    • Wednesday
    • January 31, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Freedom High School
    • 17410 Commerce Park Boulevard
    • Tampa, Florida


    On January 31, 2018, "Tate", a 13-year-old quarter horse was delivered to her new home at Freedom High School. Alicia Newcomb, the teacher for the newly formed Agricultural and Veterinary Assistant program, and her students were pleased to meet HCSO Deputy Dana Chancey and "Tate". We look forward to following Tate and her journey as Freedom High School's newest "full time student".


    In November 2017, deputies from the Sheriff's Office Agricultural Crimes Unit responded to the area of Hwy 672 regarding a horse that was struck and killed by a motorist. After further investigation, it was determined the owner's boundary fence was in disrepair allowing the horse to leave the property and wander into the roadway. Deputies arrested the owner of the horse for animal cruelty.

    Link to the previous press release:http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/About-HCSO/Press-Releases/Releases/2017-(1)/November-(1)/17-747.aspx

    During further investigation,  HCSO Agricultural deputies also located an additional horse "Tate" on the property that was in very poor health and emaciated. Deputies quickly took action and seized the horse. In such cases, the Unit takes seized and impounded animals to the Sheriff's Office Agricultural Impound area, a large fenced and secure pasture complete with a large barn and individual stalls for animals. The animals are tended to immediately by a veterinarian and placed on a prescribed care plan to include medications and monitored diets. Over the next two or three months, deputies provide daily monitored care of the animals until their health is restored. "Tate" has gained more than 70 pounds since being in the care of the Agricultural Crimes Unit.

    Felony charges for animal neglect and animal cruelty have been filed with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office on the previous owner, James M. Kickliter.

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