On a ten acre farm once called Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary, located on East State Road in Manatee, Fla., over 300 animals were seized by humane organizations in February for neglect. On Thursday, the owners, Alan and Sheree Napier were arrested and charged with 15 counts each of aggravated animal cruelty, reported yourobserver.com.
Charges stem from the egregious neglect of nine dogs, five horses, and one cat. More charges are expected.
Alan Napier also faces one charge of fraud for fundraising while not licensed by the state.
On February 5, authorities issued a search warrant to inspect the farm after numerous complaints from area residents and animal advocates concerning unsanitary and miserable conditions animals were living in at the farm.
The farm was ordered closed, and since then authorities have acknowledged conditions have improved. A new website page called Napier's Family Farm and Animal Rescue now replaces the former Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary site.
The website claims the following number of rescued dogs and cats since 2010:
- Animals Transferred
from Animal Servicesher
11 cats / kittens;
81 dogs / puppies
13 cats / kittens;
44 dogs / puppies
69 cats / kittens;
16 dogs / puppies
42 cats / kittens;
10 dogs / puppies
The couple have been barred from any contact with animals. Sheree Napier has bonded out in the amount of $21,000 while her husband remains in jail in lieu of $22,000 bond.
According to wtsp.com, the family's long-time veterinarian Edward Dunham faces an animal cruelty charge for "causing a dog unnecessary pain and suffering."
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