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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-162

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 12, 2019
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    HCSO Agricultural Deputies Arrest Man

    A Riverview man was arrested Thursday after Hillsborough County deputies discovered he was severely negligent in caring for two horses.
    • Thursday
    • April 11, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Adventure Drive
    • Riverview

    Suspect:


    David Wayne Middleton
    DOB: 4/13/58
    Bond: $1,000

    Charges:

    Unlawful Confinement/Abandonment of Animals (2 Horses)
    Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

    Details:

    A Riverview man was arrested Thursday after Hillsborough County deputies discovered he was severely negligent in caring for two horses.

    April 11, 2019, Hillsborough County Agricultural Deputies responded to Adventure Drive in Riverview for a complaint of animal neglect. Once on scene, deputies found two fully-grown horses confined in a small back yard of a residential home in the Panther Trace Subdivision. One of the horses was already deceased, and had been so for several days. The small backyard, approximately 40 x 40 feet, had no water, food or shelter available for the horses.

    Several neighbors told deputies they had not seen the owner in weeks. Agricultural Deputies were able to contact the owner, David Wayne Middleton, who responded to the scene.  After further investigation, interviews, and a veterinarian examination, David Middleton was charged with two counts of Unlawful Confinement or Abandonment of an Animal. The surviving horse was transported to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office shelter where it is receiving medical care.

    This is an active investigation and additional charges could be pending.

     

     
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