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 December 7th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of St. Lucie County man for animal cruelty
In the case of an emaciated and malnourished horse, St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives Thursday arrested the horse's owner, Almus Wayne Willis, 44, for animal cruelty, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Mr. Willis, of 5565 Bald Cypress Trail, Fort Pierce, told our detectives that the horse he owned was under the care of a veterinarian," Sheriff Mascara said. "Our investigation determined that this was not the case. In fact, a veterinarian that we asked to examine the horse determined its condition was such that the veterinarian had not choice but to euthanize the animal to end its suffering."

Willis was charged with the third-degree felony of cruelty to animals. He was jailed Thursday and was released after posting $3,750.

"The abuse of an animal is a serious crime, and there are serious consequences for doing so," Sheriff Mascara said.

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