Florida man, woman arrested on animal cruelty charge after leaving pig in car at mall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested two people at the Avenues Mall Monday afternoon regarding an investigation of an animal in a vehicle.

A report from JSO said that a small multicolored pig was recovered by an officer and was sitting in the back seat of a patrol car with a bucket of water.


According to the officer, a witness stated that she was going into the mall when she saw a pig in a car.

The witness tried to find the owner of the vehicle, but couldn't, so she began to make a video of the pig in the car, the report said.

The officer said he was unable to locate the owner of the vehicle by running the tag, so the officer notified his sergeant and broke the back seat window of the car, according to the report.

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When a second officer arrived on scene, both officers continued to search for the owner of the vehicle, and then Trinity Tavarez-Soto and Mark Gray walked to the vehicle that the pig was locked in, the report said.

The suspects told the officers that they were in town visiting a relative and drove to the mall in the car that had the pig in it to have lunch at the mall, according to the report.

Tavarez-Soro and Gray were arrested for alleged animal cruelty.