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Michael Bell has been arrested for breaking in to the Hernando County Animal Services building and taking his dogs. He also threatened to kill a deputy. Michael Bell has been arrested for breaking in to the Hernando County Animal Services building and taking his dogs. He also threatened to kill a deputy.
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A Hernando County man has been charged with commercialized burglary after breaking in to the Hernando County Animal Services to "break out" his own dogs this weekend.

Hernando County deputies say that on Saturday, Michael Bell went to the Race Trac on Cortez Boulevard with his two dogs.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, he tied the dogs up outside and went in to buy beer. The report says Bell then left without the dogs.

The dogs were discovered and taken to Animal Services. Denise Moloney with the sheriff's office says on Sunday Bell found out where they were and decided to break them out.

"He waited until they left for the day and he had his wife drop him off in the area," Moloney said.

The report says Bell told deputies that he crawled under a fence and entered the shelter. Animal Services manager Sr. Lisa Centonze said Bell had worked at the shelter a few times and she thinks that helped him figure out how to get the dogs out.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, Bell told them that after he left Animal Services he walked a few blocks to the Walmart on Broad Street in Brooksville, called his wife, and told her to come and pick him and the dogs up.

Deputies found Bell at his house of Ft. Dade Avenue with the dogs. The sheriff's office says bell admitted to breaking into Animal Services because he did not want to pay 350 dollars to get them out.

Animal Services says because it was the first time the animals were picked up, there would not be a fine.

Bell's problems then got worse as he was taken to jail. The sheriff's report says bell started to yelling at the deputy and using profanity. Then he threatened her.

"He did make a statement that he was going to kill the one deputy that was transporting him to the jail," Moloney said.

At this time Moloney says she is not sure if more charges will be filed for that threat. The only charge is for commercial burglary.

 

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