Polk man accused of hitting dogs with sledgehammer in custody

Tad Whitworth (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – The man accused of beating two dogs with a sledgehammer in Polk County was arrested Saturday afternoon, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Tad Whitworth, 49, was taken into custody at a residence on Lake Kotsa Drive east of Lake Wales. Whitworth has an extensive criminal history. The warrant for his arrest for two counts of felony animal cruelty was issued after he was allegedly seen hitting two dogs over their heads and bodies with a sledgehammer. The Sheriff’s Office says the crime occurred on Friday, Oct. 9, on Countryview Drive in Lakeland. The dogs were taken to Polk County Animal Control where they were treated for their multiple injuries.

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Deputies say Whitworth has an extensive criminal history. He’s been in the Polk County Jail on 10 prior occasions and was just released from state prison in March 2015 after serving a one-year sentence. He’s been to state prison four times.

An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip lead to Whitworth’s arrest. He was taken into custody without incident.

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