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Neighbors believe someone is targeting the peacocks, shooting them with a pellet gun.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible case of animal cruelty in a Riverview neighborhood.
A resident in the Boyette Springs neighborhood of Riverview filed a report on Friday, March 22, reporting that at least two neighborhood peacocks were found dead on Wednesday, March 20
on the 12400 block of Windswept Avenue. According to neighbors, there are several domesticated peacocks that roam the area, and neighbors believe someone may have been targeting the birds for some time, shooting them with a pellet gun.
A witness reported seeing a black 4-door Ford F-150 filled with four teenagers in the area just prior to finding the dead birds. The truck had black rims, a busted tail light and a Costa sicker in the back window. Two white male teens were seen riding in the bed of the truck holding pellet guns.
Detectives are in the process of searching for surveillance video footage from area residents. The culprit(s) will face felony animal cruelty and criminal mischief charges.
The Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents that social media is not an appropriate tool to report a crime. The best way to report an incident is to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200 to reach a deputy and file a formal report.
Anyone with information in reference to this incident is also asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com
or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.