East Manatee animal shelter closed by county and health officials plans to reopen

Napiers vacationing when their animal shelter was raided, attorney says

skennedy@bradenton.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Peter Lombardo, the attorney for east Manatee County animal shelter owners Alan and Sheree Napier discusses their upcoming court case Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in Bradenton. Video by Sara Kennedy, Bradenton Herald. Bradenton.com

BRADENTON HERALD

MANATEE -- An attorney for the couple who run Napier's Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc., where authorities found animals buried on the grounds said they plan to reopen.

Alan and Sheree Napier were on a cruise celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary earlier this month when authorities raided their east Manatee animal shelter, said their attorney, Peter Lombardo. The couple, who kept hundreds of animals at Napier's Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc., came home from the cruise to find all their animals confiscated and their shelter closed.

However, the couple does plan to reopen the shelter at 20010 E. State Road 64, he said.

"They think it's unfair," he said of the Feb. 5 raid and subsequent investigation into allegations of fraud and animal abuse. No charges have been filed against the couple.

During a hearing on Monday Michele Hall, general counsel for the Manatee County Sheriff's office, asked for additional time to prepare for a hearing, "given the breadth of this matter." Lombardo did not object.

The judge indicated he would try to arrange more time.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.

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