Manatee County couple sentenced on animal cruelty charges

Author: Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – A Manatee County couple will spend time behind bars for their roles in the suffering of animals at their east Manatee shelter.

The Herald-Tribune reports ( that Alan and Sheree Napier were convicted in February of fraud and numerous animal cruelty charges. They were sentenced Friday.

The couple was charged last year after the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office raided Napier Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary in east Manatee County, confiscating roughly 300 animals.

Judge Peter Dubensky sentenced Alan Napier to 36 months in prison followed by four years on probation. Sheree Napier was sentenced to 270 days in county jail followed by three years of probation.

Both are also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and be prohibited from owning or possessing animals.

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