Woman arrested after not feeding her dog for a week

Tampa, Florida -- Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have arrested a woman in Ruskin after she went a week without providing her dog with food, water or shelter.

Deputies were tipped off to the potential abuse a home in Ruskin. When deputies arrive, they found a pit bull chained to a tree. The dog was malnourished as its shoulder blades, spine, rib cage and pelvic bones were visibly showing. The dog's owner, Maria Del Rodriguez Alvarado, was located and questioned. Throughout the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Rodriguez Alvarado had gone up to one week without providing the dog any food, water or shelter.

Animal Control responded and took custody of the dog. Rodriguez Alvarado was arrested and transported to the Orient Road Jail.


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