Eight dead dogs were discovered in a shallow grave today at an animal sanctuary in Bradenton, a day after more than 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals were seized.
Video from Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary, 20010 State Road 64 E., showed multiple animals kept in small pens, rooms in unclean conditions and insects swarming over one animal container. Officials are seen wearing hazardous materials suits while clearing out the animals after Manatee County deputies and other agencies served a search warrant.
Many of the animals, of which about 185 were dogs, were in poor health, and 12 had to be euthanized, deputies said.
It is unknown how many more dogs are buried, deputies said.
The property owners are out of town, and no arrests have been made, according to deputies. The investigation is continuing.
Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said anyone interested in donating food or supplies for the animals can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011, ext 1151.
For information on adopting any of the dogs, call Manatee County Animal Services at 742-5933.