Dog Rescued by Sheriff’s Deputy in Florida

Deputy Linda Ruggiero had noticed that a dog, not far from where she was, was in a very bad way. Under a great deal of distress, if she hadn’t acted, the dog may have died.

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In Hillsborough County, Florida a dog’s life was saved thanks to the quick thinking and action of one of its Sheriff’s deputy.  After finishing a traffic stop, Deputy Linda Ruggiero had noticed that a dog, not far from where she was, was in a very bad way.  Under a great deal of distress, if she hadn’t acted, the dog may have died.

Deputy Ruggiero said that the dog was in such bad shape, he was unable to stand.  A man holding the leash connect to the collar on the dog kept yanking on it in a effort to get the dog up and moving.  Try as the dog may, every time he looked like he’d get up, he’d collapse with exhaustion.

“The man told me he was exercising his dog, running him off his bicycle and he was bragging that he ran the dog seven miles a day,” said Ruggiero.

The dog was taken to HCSO Animal Services shelter straight away.  The poor dog kept vomiting the entire way to the shelter, and almost didn’t make the trip there.

While the dog was on his way to help, Deputy Ruggiero arrested the man that was holding the leash.  His name is Mark Spriggs of Tampa Bay.  He is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.  Once the deputy ran Spriggs’ information, it was discovered that he was in violation of his probation.

As for now, the dog is resting comfortably at the animal shelter.  It’s going to be a while before medical professionals are going to be able to give him a full medical.  He needs that time to recover, otherwise it may be too stressful on his body.

He has been nicknamed Chance by the shelter staff, and he is reported to be in stable condition as of the writing of this article.  This is the fourth time in two months that a law enforcement officials have had to come to the rescue of.

128 thoughts on “Dog Rescued by Sheriff’s Deputy in Florida

  1. Finally something good to come out of FLA. Kudos to the officer for jumping in on behalf of the dog. Wishing him a full recovery and a new home.

  2. Finally something good to come out of FLA. Kudos to the officer for jumping in on behalf of the dog. Wishing him a full recovery and a new home.

  3. Running him 7 miles off his bike and bragging about it… what a freaking moron! Best wishes sweet pup, you will no longer be tortured by this fool of a human being! Rest and recover…….

  4. should run his stupid ass a few miles in the heat with a coat on and no water and see how well the dumbass does.

  5. should run his stupid ass a few miles in the heat with a coat on and no water and see how well the dumbass does.

  6. Thank God this Deputy stepped up and did something about this poor dog. That stupid POS that had him should be forced to run 7 miles tied to a car and yanked by the collar when he collapses.

  7. Thank God this Deputy stepped up and did something about this poor dog. That stupid POS that had him should be forced to run 7 miles tied to a car and yanked by the collar when he collapses.

  8. Thank you, Deputy Ruggiero!! How horrible for this poor dog. Can’t believe the owner would abuse him like that. Obviously the poor dog was in distress. What is wrong with people, I just do not understand. Deputy Ruggiero, you are a hero.❤️

  9. That man should never be able to have an animal again n he should have the same done to him hope chance will be ok n treated n found a new loving forever home

  10. What a complete heartless asshole, too many heartless idiots in this World, I hope he gets his just due, jerk.

  11. God why are there so many people who torture animals,there is hardly any sentences for animal abuse,this offercer was an angel from heaven.May you have a new home soon sweetie!!!!!

  12. How stupid…with this heat the jerk rides and makes the dog run !!!! He needs to be prosecuted and never own an animal again ~ I hope the pup is ok and gets a good home ~

  13. Thank you for saving the dog. That idiot was running that poor dog to death. Idiot needs to do some serious time & NEVER own a animal again.

  14. Thank you S.O! Great job! Thanks to all that are caring for this sweetheart. Folks, wherever you live please advocate for an animal abuse registry. We need stronger laws protecting animal victims and future victims of perpetrators like this. The Sheriff and law enforcement can and do arrest them over and over but our laws let them out and owning animals again time after time.

  15. Thank you for saving this dog! We all need to help when we see cruelty like this. Animals are at the mercy of whoever takes them home, not all of them are lucky to get good homes.

  16. I agree with Tracie. Someone ought to drag this P. O. S. 7 miles a day in the heat for a year or so and see how he does if he survives the first week.
    God bless you officer for saving him !

  17. Some people are Stupid ! Should drag him for 7 miles I’ll ride the bike pay my own flight to fly to Fla Jerk ThankGod the office save the Dog and arrested him yea!

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