Manatee County Sheriff deputies have executed two search warrants on properties owned by the Napier’s Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary’s founders. Eight horses were seized Monday from overgrazed pastureland bringing the total number of horses removed to 17.
“All of them showed signs of distress and neglect of varying degrees,” said Dave Bristow, sheriff spokesman. He said neighbors were making sure the horses had water. “We felt if we didn’t take them something bad would happen.”
The horses are being cared for at Whispering Ranch.
The non-profit, located in Bradenton, is operated by Alan and Sheree Napier. The group’s website states it is “a “No-Kill” Sanctuary [and] that once an animal is accepted [it] will always have a home.”
Bristow told us the department’s investigation started in December after officials received a tip.
Deputies say the air stung of ammonia and they found animals living in horrific conditions when they raided the sanctuary last week. The hundreds of animals confiscated included dogs, cats, horses, goats, and other farm animals.
More than a dozen dogs were euthanized after the animals were assessed by veterinarians on-site. Authorities also found an unmarked shallow grave containing the remains of eight dogs.
Charges have not been filed. The investigation continues.