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Pasco Detention Deputy arrested for animal cruelty after horses were found neglected, malnourished

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 17:06:34-04

A Pasco County Detention Deputy was arrested after an investigation revealed neglected and malnourished horses in her care.

On Thursday, Hillsborough County Agricultural Deputies responded to a home in Ruskin in reference to an animal neglect complaint.

On scene, deputies observed five fully grown horses confined to a small area on the property. They said the horses were in very poor health due to malnutrition.


Deputies also saw open sores on the horses due to poor care from the owner. The area of confinement had no food, water or shelter for the horses. The area did have trash and debris cluttering the animals' environment potentially posing harm of entanglement.

After further investigation and a veterinarian exam, deputies arrested the horses' owner, Raven Devoss, 27. She is charged with five counts of unlawful confinement or abandonment of an animal and five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Pasco Sheriff's Office says Devoss was dismissed during her probationary period for failure to meet the conditions of her probation. She was hired by PSO in July of 2018 and had no professional standards infractions during her time at the Sheriff's Office.