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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-409

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 12, 2015
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    Animal Cruelty Arrest

    There was no food or water for the dogs.
    • Tuesday
    • August 11, 2015
    • Time: 6:15 PM
    • 8429 West Camden Street, Apt B
    • Tampa


    Marangillette Viera-Rivera
    DOB 08-21-1981
    8429 W. Camden St, Apt B
    Tampa, FL


    • 1 Felony count of Animal Cruelty
    • 8 Misdemeanor counts of Animal Cruelty
    • Violation of Felony Probation


    On August 11, 2015 at approximately 6:15 pm, deputies responded to 8429 W. Camden Street, Apt B in Tampa, reference a report of a deceased puppy in the yard.

    When deputies arrived, they could see through the fence, 7 pit bull puppies (approximately 6 weeks old) and an adult female pit bull feeding on a deceased puppy. Deputies made contact with the dog's owner Marangillette Viera-Rivera who was inside her residence at the time deputies arrived.

    Further investigation revealed there was no food or water for the dogs outside and there was no shelter from the sun.

    An investigator with Hillsborough County Pet Resources responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation and took possession of all the animals including a Chihuahua puppy found inside the residence.

    Deputies arrested Marangillette Viera-Rivera and transported her to the Orient Road Jail.

    All further inquires as to the current welfare and status of the surviving puppies and their mother should be directed to Hillsborough County Pet Resources during normal business hours.

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