Press Release



 
Subject: Animal Cruelty, Grand Theft- Horse
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Incident Date/Time 12/2/2019 9:00:00 AM
Expire Date/Time 1/2/2020 9:00:00 AM
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Person/Suspect Info
Case Number: 2019-032505
Incident Type: ANIMAL CRUELTY, GRAND THEFT- HORSE
Location: 5800 block of Buckeye Rd, Palmetto Zone: N20
Victim(s): (Withheld) Race/Sex: W/F Victim(s) D.O.B: 11/25/62
Suspect(s) Description: Unknown

Sometime between 5 p.m. on 12/01/19 and 8 a.m. on 12/02/19, unknown suspects forced entry through the locked gate to the victim’s property and stole her horse.

Deputies and the victim searched the surrounding area and later located the horse deceased in a nearby field. The horse had been slaughtered for the meat. No other details are available at this time.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

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UPDATE (12/5/19):

Deputies have obtained surveillance video from the property (5800 block of Buckeye Rd, Palmetto) where a horse was stolen and later found slaughtered during the overnight hours of 12/01 – 12/02.

The unidentified male seen walking up the stables around 11:34 pm on 12/01 is being considered a person of interest at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s at (941) 747-3011 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $3000, call Manatee Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 (TIPS) or visit www.ManateeCrimeStoppers.com to submit an anonymous web tip.

Surveillance Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stGAwYTNduw

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UPDATE: 12/10/19

As detectives continue to investigate leads in this case, two separate rewards totaling $10,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for stealing and slaughtering a horse during the overnight hours of 12/01 – 12/02 in the 5800 block of Buckeye Rd, Palmetto, Florida.

Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering a reward of $5000. (link to press release)
https://aldf.org/article/animal-legal-defense-fund-offers-5000-reward-in-case-of-stolen-and-slaughtered-horse/

Centennial Farms Inc. / Palmetto is also offering a reward of $5000.

These rewards are in addition to money that a person could be eligible to receive. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s at (941) 747-3011, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $3000, call Manatee Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 (TIPS) or visit www.ManateeCrimeStoppers.com to submit an anonymous web tip.

Video Surveillance of “Person of Interest”
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stGAwYTNduw