Sheree and Alan Napier are each facing 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.
In early February, officials from several agencies seized more than 300 animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, and other farm animals. In total, 17 horses were seized.
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 20 dogs.
In March, the Napiers turned over their ownership rights of the seized animals to the sheriff’s department in order to keep ownership of two horses for their daughter.
Authorities began their investigation in early December after receiving an anonymous tip. The investigation continues and additional charges could be filed, according to officials.