The St. Pete Times reports that according to Pet-Abuse.com's datatabase, Florida led the nation in the number of animal cruelty cases and Hillsborough county led Florida. The database is not an official measure and the Times correctly speculates that the inflated numbers, which are based in part on reported instances of abuse and arrests, could be interpreted as meaning that Floridians take the crime more seriously. From the article:
"You can't interpret anything from arrest numbers," said Gary Kleck, a criminology professor at Florida State University. "They reflect a mixture of how often an event occurs and how often people report it and whether police actually do something about it."