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County Commissioner's husband cited for improperly disposing of dead cow County Commissioner's husband cited for improperly disposing of dead cow
SPRING HILL, FL (WFLA) -

People who live in one rural Spring Hill neighborhood say they've had enough; two neighbors called deputies last week, after James Mulieri left a rotting cow's carcass just feet from their properties.

Mulieri is married to Pat Mulieri, a Pasco County commissioner.

"It is atrocious. There are buzzards, buzzards live on our house, buzzards live on her house, they live everywhere. This weekend, they were going over there and eating and dragging the stuff out. It's just disgusting," said Donna Osteen, whose land backs up to Mulieri's.

Osteen says she doesn't dare approach him.

"Oh, please. He is crazy, he cusses and screams at the police officers,” she said. “They are now scared of him. The guy that was here the other day, the guy that was out here last year, had another police officer come with him because you don't ever know what he's going to do. "

Deputies responded to the complaint and told Mulieri he had to either bury the cow or burn the carcass.

According to the report, when Mulieri answered the door, he asked the deputies, "Are you here to find out who's killing my cows?" When one of the deputies informed Mulieri why he was there, Mulieri reportedly 'became agitated and began yelling.' The deputy asked multiple times if Mrs. Mulieri was home, to which he didn't answer.

Deputies returned two days later, and discovered Mulieri had not disposed of the carcass. They fined him $250 plus $13 in court costs. Initially, they say, he refused to sign the citation, but later agreed.

On Friday, investigators say the problem still had not been resolved. They issued him another citation. This time for $500 plus $13 in court costs.

In 2012, James Mulieri was warned and cited for not properly burying dead livestock.

On Monday Commissioner Mulieri told awaiting reporters, she did not want to appear on camera, but explained her husband is 82-years old, and last week's rainy weather made it virtually impossible to deal with the situation in a timely manner. She also said she's been in bed for a week with pneumonia.


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