Locked in a crate next to a customized truck and a bag full of dog food, a red nose pit bull starved to death, Hillsborough County Animal Control officials said Wednesday.
While determining the cause of death, the only thing a veterinarian found in the dog's stomach was a rag, Animal Control spokeswoman Marti Ryan said.
On Tuesday, Animal Control officers and sheriff's deputies arrested Nicholas Kayne Aguilar, 26, and Ann Marie Whitmore, 19, of 6034 Gibson Ave. Officers found the dead dog and two other emaciated dogs in the garage and bedroom of their apartment near N 56th Street and E Fletcher Avenue, Ryan said.
Aguilar and Whitmore are charged with three counts each of animal cruelty and confinement of an animal without food and water. Whitmore was released Wednesday freom the Orient Road jail.
The two dogs, a chihuahua and a blue pit bull, will be placed in foster care until they are healthy and then will be available for adoption, Ryan said.