Already charged with animal cruelty, the operators of a Florida horse sanctuary are facing new charges.
Alan Napier was booked Monday into Manatee County jail after turning himself in to authorities. Napier is charged with one count of scheming to defraud more than $50,000 and two counts of employing [a] solicitation device to defraud. He posted $23,000 bail Tuesday.
His wife, Sheree Napier, also turned herself in and is charged with scheming to defraud more than $50,000 and employing [a] solicitation device to defraud. She was released on Tuesday after posting $21,500.
The charges stem from an audit of the financial records from Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary and the alleged misuse of donations by the non-profit. The Bradenton rescue is also accused of soliciting funds when its non-profit status lapsed.
Authorities removed more than 300 animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, and other farm animals in February. In total, 17 horses were seized. More than a dozen dogs were euthanized after the animals were assessed by veterinarians on-site after being found in filth. An unmarked shallow grave containing the remains of 20 dogs was located on the property.
In March, the pair relinquished their ownership rights of the seized animals to the sheriff’s department in order to keep ownership of two horses for their daughter.
A month later, the initial charges were filed against the couple. Each is charged with 15 counts of aggravated animal cruelty stemming from the alleged abuse of nine dogs, five horses and a cat. Additionally, Alan Napier is charged with a single count of fraud.
The rescued horses from the purported sanctuary continue their recovery. The small animals seized have found new homes.
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