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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-330

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 23, 2015
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    Aggravated Animal Cruelty

    Deputies observed the dog to have severe injuries.
    • Tuesday
    • June 23, 2015
    • Time: 9:51 AM
    • Old Hillsborough Road and Royal Oak Lane
    • Seffner


    Arthur Paul Jewell, Jr.
    DOB: 09/06/70
    5429 Mobile Drive
    Seffner, FL


    • Aggravated Animal Cruelty, Resist Arrest Without Violence


    Dixie (5-year-old Chihuahua)
    Owner: Donald Upton


    On June 23, 2015 at 9:53 a.m., Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies were approached by Donald Upton holding a 5-year-old chihuahua named Dixie in the area of Old Hillsborough Road and Royal Oak Lane in Seffner. The deputies observed the dog to have severe injuries to its left eye and appeared to be in immense pain. Deputies conducted interviews and were able to identify the suspect, Arthur Jewell, as the person who intentionally inflicted the injuries to the dog. Deputies located Jewell and were conducting an investigative interview when Jewell became combative and attempted to flee from deputies. He was apprehended and arrested for Aggravated Animal Cruelty and Resist Arrest Without Violence. Dixie was transported by Animal Control and underwent emergency surgery for her injuries.
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