PLANT CITY, Fla. - At the Sheriff's Office, they are continuously investigating cases of illegal dumping in Hillsborough County.
It's a big problem in some areas, and one of their deputies happened to catch three men in the act.
On Henry George Road in Plant City, there is junk everywhere. A boat, a television set, even a hot tub. "Everything from yard waste to kitchen trash," said John Moseley.
But when Moseley went to check on a cut in his barbed-wire fence last week, he found some tires. A lot of tires. A whole lot of tires.
"I was in awe. I couldn't believe there were that many tires."
Tires in piles, tires in weeds, tires in the water. Moseley thinks there are at least a thousand of them. "You won't know until you drag them out."
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says they caught three men dumping tires, and arrested them.
But that doesn't help Moseley, who raises cattle on his 200 acres.
Authorities say the county isn't responsible for anything dumped on private property. And Moseley will have to get rid of them himself.
"This many tires. I couldn't by myself even get them out of there, let alone transport them."
Unless someone steps up to help, John's best option may be to wait for the court case where a judge can order the guys charged with the dumping to pay restitution and cover the clean-up cost.
One hauler quoted him $7,500 for the job.
"To have this much disregard for somebody's property, it's really hard to understand."
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