Florida man, woman arrested after leaving pig in hot car at mall parking lot

A man and a woman were arrested after police say they left a pig in a hot car while they went to the mall.

On Monday, May 27, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to The Avenues shopping mall in Jacksonville, Florida, to assist with an animal investigation regarding an animal in a vehicle.

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According to the Sheriff's Office, an officer used his department-issued window-breaking tool to free a small, multi-colored pig from the backseat.

The officer then placed the pig in his own backseat with a bucket of water.

Authorities and a witness were unable to initially locate the owner of the vehicle. While attempting to identify the vehicle, suspects Trinity Tavarez-Soto, 19, and Mark Gray, 20, walked out of the mall and to the suspect vehicle, according to JSO.

After determining the vehicle belonged to them, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested the two on animal cruelty charges.

Animal Care & Protective Services removed the pig from the scene.

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