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Sheriff's office takes ownership of seized animals

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  • | 5:00 a.m. March 6, 2014
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Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube reports a judge signed an order today giving ownership of animals seized from Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary to the sheriff’s office.

The judge signed the order after the owners of the sanctuary, Alan and Sheree Napier, reached an agreement with the sheriff’s office. 

The order allows the adoption process to begin for the hundreds of animals that were seized from Napier’s and transferred to various shelters, including Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and the Lakewood Ranch Humane Society.

The sheriff’s office seized more than 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals Feb. 5 from Napier’s, located at 20010 State Road 64 E, due to poor health conditions.

Officials seized another eight horses Feb. 10 from a location in Myakka.

Under the terms of the agreement with the Napiers, the couple’s daughter will get ownership of two confiscated horses because she took ownership of those horses before the sheriff’s office filed a petition to own the animals. 

The criminal investigation into possible animal cruelty and fraud continues. 

No arrests have been made.

If anyone is interested in adopting the animals, they are located at these locations: 

Canine Castaways 

Cat Depot

Certified Pre-Owned Dogs

Ewenity Farms Border Collie Rescue

Gulf Shore Animal League 

Honor Animal Rescue

Lakewood Ranch Humane Society 

Manatee County Animal Services

Manatee County Humane Society

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

Royal Rescue

Sarasota County Humane Society

Safe Haven Animal Rescue of Florida

Southeast Beagle Rescue

VIP Rescue

Underdog Rescue of Florida 

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