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Owners of animal sanctuary face more charges

Manatee County, Florida -- The owners of a troubled animal sanctuary are facing more criminal charges.

10 News learned Wednesday the State Attorney's Office has added animal cruelty charges to include 77 more dogs, one cat and five horses. On Thursday, the SAO amended the charges bringing the total to 99.

Alan and Sheree Napier are also each charged with one count of scheming to defraud. Sheree is also facing one count of solicitation, while Alan faces two charges of solicitation.

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The charges are connected to their work as a not-for-profit animal rescue. The fraud charge follows a state audit that showed misuse of donations; money did not go to animals 100 percent.

The solicitation charges stem from the fact their certificate as a non-profit expired for about six months and during that time, they allegedly solicited donations. The state denied their renewal in mid-February, two weeks after their initial arrests.

Both have since bonded out of jail.


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