The Bizarre World of Florida

Deputy accused of starving miniature horses … but she looks ‘well’ fed! July 19, 2012

A 23-year veteran deputy of Hillsborough County resigned after she was arrested  for animal cruelty.  She is accused of depriving food to two miniature  horses.  One horse died of starvation.

Deputy Pamela Belo, with  Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years, was suspended without pay and  subsequently resigned after she was arrested Monday.

Belo voluntarily  surrendered her four miniature horses to RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview.   After seeing the condition of the animals, RVR Horse Rescue contacted the  Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Agriculture Unit.

A criminal  investigation revealed that Belo deprived food and nourishment to two of the  four miniature horses between July 2011 and July 2012 while in her custody and  care.

Two horses lost a high percentage of body weight, and one of the  miniature horses died of starvation.

The second horse is  expected to recover.


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