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A horrific incident occurred in Florida where a male bulldog mix named Dexter was found decapitated at a local park on May 14. The dog’s owner, 66-year-old Domingo R. Rodriguez, is facing charges of animal cruelty and disposal of a dead animal for the gruesome crime. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) responded to reports of a deceased dog wrapped in a plastic bag near the area of East Beach at Fort De Soto Park. Rodriguez, who had recently adopted Dexter from Pinellas County Animal Services, admitted to authorities that the dog had run away on May 10.

Deputies spoke with Rodriguez at his home, where he provided inconsistent statements about Dexter’s disappearance and his activities on the morning of May 11. Video footage allegedly shows Rodriguez driving his gray pickup truck with a large cooler in the bed on that morning. Rodriguez’s wife mentioned that Dexter was alive before she went to bed on May 10, but when she woke up the next morning, both her husband and the dog were gone. The motive behind Dexter’s slaying remains unclear, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Pinellas County Animal Services expressed their shock and sadness over Dexter’s death in a Facebook post. They highlighted the importance of their work in caring for animals like Dexter, who often arrive as strays with injuries and scars. The post thanked the community for their support and condolences, emphasizing the impact of such tragic events on animal welfare workers and volunteers. Despite the heartbreaking loss of Dexter, the organization remains committed to their mission of finding loving homes for animals in need.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, a third-degree felony, and disposal of a dead animal, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $5,000 bond on May 15. The local sheriff’s office did not provide a motive for Dexter’s killing or further details about the incident. Newsweek reached out to Rodriguez’s attorney, Pinellas County Animal Services, and PCSO for comment and updates on the case. The disturbing case has shocked the community and raised concerns about the treatment of animals and the need for justice in cases of animal cruelty.

The authorities responded to the reports of Dexter’s tragic death and conducted investigations that led to Rodriguez’s arrest. The details surrounding Dexter’s decapitation and the circumstances of his death have left many unanswered questions. The disturbing nature of the incident has sparked outrage and sorrow among animal advocates and the broader community. The ongoing investigation will hopefully shed light on the events leading to Dexter’s death and bring justice for the innocent dog whose life was tragically cut short. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of animal welfare and the need to address instances of cruelty towards animals in our society.

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