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DeSoto man arrested on many animal cruelty & neglect charges

Posted at 9:57 AM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 16:35:39-04

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. — The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on multiple animal cruelty charges that include six counts of torment deprivation to mutilate or kill.

On Friday, May 27, deputies initially went to talk with Harris for a "follow up," according to a police report. They then asked Harris to turn over his goat, "Little Baby," to the Sheriff's Office.

Dispatch then informed the deputies that Harris had warrants out for aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty, disposing of bodies of dead animals and confinement of animal without food, water, or exercise.

This resulted in deputies arresting Harris.

He is being held at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s office jail with no bond.

For those who see animal neglect or cruelty, report it at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at 863-993-8477 or call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.