Deputies charge St. Petersburg man with felony animal cruelty after decapitated dog found

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In Pinellas County, Florida, the sheriff’s office press release, states Domingo Rodriguez was arrested and is accused of decapitating a dog and dumping its body in the mangroves.

On May 14, 2024, deputies assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau responded to the area of East Beach at Fort Desoto Park for reports of a deceased dog wrapped in a plastic bag.

When deputies arrived, they located a male bulldog mix with its head decapitated, floating in the mangroves. Pinellas County Animal Services scanned the dog for a microchip, identifying the dog as a four-year-old bulldog mix named Dexter. Deputies learned the suspect, 66-year-old Domingo R. Rodriguez, adopted Dexter from Pinellas County Animal Services on May 10, 2024.  

Deputies spoke with Rodriquez at his residence, where he admitted to adopting Dexter and told them that Dexter must have run away overnight on May 10th. Rodriquez admitted to traveling to Fort Desoto Park on May 11, 2024, and provided deputies with several inconsistent statements.

Deputies arrested Rodriguez and charged him with one count of Animal Cruelty and one count of Disposal of Bodies of Dead Animals and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail.

The investigation continues. Rodriguez is currently in Pinellas County Jail.

Rest in peace Dexter.

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  1. Dexter, I am so sorry that you were murdered. You deserved to have a good life with a loving furever family. I know that you are in Heaven. Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group, RIP amongst loving friends furever. The POS who murdered you has a reserved place in the hottest part of Hell to burn forever for his cruelty. I hope he gets there soon after dying alone, afraid and in terrible pain.


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