Over 300 animals seized from Manatee County animal rescue

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  • uzzal posted at 4:27 pm on Tue, Apr 22, 2014.

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  • scsims posted at 12:44 pm on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

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    So many questions --- were these people registered as a shelter of any kind with their municipality, county or state? Or is there no requirement on FL to be registered?
    Did they keep ANY records of any kind on the animals they took in from animal control or local shelters, records on animal's health condition, age, behavior?
    Did they get each and every dog and cat spayed or neutered?
    Did they provide regular vet checks, immunizations, treatment for chronic conditions?
    Did they have proof of providing adequate, food, water and shelter for every animal?
    Did they provide them with regular maintenance, like bathing, grooming, nail trimming?
    Did they provide socialization with people, like taking them on walks, playing fetch, giving any kind of training?
    The article stated that they did have one or two vets, not sure what that means, but I'd wonder how the vet would describe the situation that existed, or did the vets never come to the premises?
    I do believe that certain enlightened, caring, RESPONSIBLE, honest, animal-loving people CAN successfully care for multiple companion animals (i.e. 10-12 dogs/cats) without compromising their well-being by denying them their needs, but I also believe those folks are few and far between. And we probably all agree the Napiers were NOT in that group. If it can be proven that both of them 'suffer' from the psychology illness we call hoarding, some remedial program should be given to them, but in jail while they're serving time for the harm, suffering, and pain they knowingly inflicted on so many animals.

  • DogLvr posted at 12:46 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    DogLvr Posts: 3

    Actually I am veterinarian with 3 kids, so too late, I already have a litter!

    You can stick your head in the sand, but it doesn't change anything. The irresponsible people here are animal control. They got convinced that it was OK to keep sending animals to this rescue by the pressure put on them from people like you. It's happening all over the country. Don't believe me? Try using Google, it is your friend. Non-profits have the luxury of choosing to be no-kill, but as soon as animal control does it the hoarders start popping up. It normally takes about 18-24 months, which during that time everyone is celebrating how successful they are. Until of course the raid happens and the results are seen.

  • Kaat1220 posted at 11:27 pm on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

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    It's easy for you to promote euthanasia when you are not the one who has to do the dying. Killing animals for no other reason than there are too many of them is wrong. No animal should die to make room for another. And animals are NEVER trash, and you do not makes excuses for people's bad behavior by saying it's a "me-me" society. We all have the ability to change the lives of these animals by doing the right thing. Not just accepting the bad and making excuses for why it is ok to do so. You are part of the problem.

  • Kaat1220 posted at 11:21 pm on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

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    NO, this is not what happens when we say no kill. There are plenty of no kill shelters that are reputable, clean, and where the people care about the animals. It is people like you who are heartless about animals that are part of the problem. People who think that the easy answer is simply to euthanize. Well, people caused this problem; the animals should not be the ones who constantly pay. Seriously, you use a story like this to make excuses for euthanasia? Just because there are some bad shelters does not mean the kill shelters are the way to go. Do me a favor, NEVER, ever breed.

  • DogLvr posted at 2:53 pm on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    DogLvr Posts: 3

    Actually it is. Animal Control was just doing what it was taught to do by this man. Out of sight, out of mind. That's why they kept sending dogs there. It's about looking good on paper for the no-kill movement, not doing what is right for the animals. This same thing is happening all over around the country for those that follow this crazy model. Honestly, where did you think the animals were really going?


  • GSDguy posted at 1:37 pm on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    GSDguy Posts: 3

    They should, but it will be swept under the rug.

  • GSDguy posted at 1:36 pm on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    GSDguy Posts: 3

    No, they don't check !! This is happening in other counties as well (including mine). Once the "NO KILL" crowd gets their hooks in, it's all about making the magic save rate - quality is no longer a consideration. As any Animal COntrol Officer will tell you, there are far worse fates for unwanted pets than euthanasia. This bust is proof they are correct !

  • GSDguy posted at 1:32 pm on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

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    Exactly right, this is the direct result of all the NO KILL folks running around badgering shelters to save every pet that comes in. The sad fact is it becomes all about "making the numbers" and the quality of the adoptions/adopters goes out the window. MCAS knew about the issues here and chose to ignore it. The county people running AS as just as negligent as the Napier's, but won't be held accountable for their part in this mess.

  • Patty Hayes posted at 4:37 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Patty Hayes Posts: 1

    After reading the Public Statement by the Napier's attorney, Adron Walker, I'm horrified that anyone, much less a lawyer, could view the conditions of that home and the conditons those animals were forced to live in and make excuses for these hoarders and obvious scammers. Mr. Walker whines that the Napiers are out of town for a week "to celebrate their anniversary". Excuse me, but how do people who can't seem to afford cleaning supplies or have the time to clean their home and kennels take time away from their responsibilities? They sure could afford a nice exhibit tent and professional signs that they use for adoption events, which is just another clear indication that these people know darn well that they're putting out a false image of what their place is really like. And please don't tell me how much they "love animals". Wife beaters and child abusers claim they love THEIR victims too. It means nothing. These people have cooked up a nice scheme to live off donations and adoption fees. Do the rescue community a favor and give them jail time.

  • Spence posted at 1:47 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Spence Posts: 4

    No Doglver, this is NOT what happens when anyone says, "no kill". This is what happens when you have IRRESPONSIBLE people not properly caring for animals, and not acknowledging they need to surrender the animals to those who DO know what they are doing. This "sanctuary" is a foul and atrocious excuse for any creature to have to live in. It looks as though the authorities should have stepped in a LONG time ago to have prevent this from being as bad as it evidently is. For the very same reason it have to do with "overpopulation".

  • AlabamDeb posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    AlabamDeb Posts: 1

    You are so right. I wish we lived in a society that had no need of any shelters, period. But the ugly truth is we do. As long as we have people who have no regard for the pain and suffering of innocent animals we will have this problem. Warehousing animals is not the answer. As much as I hate it, humanely euthanizing these animals is the better option.

    Spay and neuter are good tools, but they only help if enforced. Unfortunately we live in a me-me-me society and what makes people happy today, be it a cute little puppy, or whatever...is tomorrow's trash. And what do you do with your trash? Well, you throw it away, that's what.

  • Massp9 posted at 12:46 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Massp9 Posts: 1

    This is extremely sad. This situation did not happen overnight, what took so long to the Sherrif's office to intervene? These animals have been through a lot, and people have let them down. And don't forget, WE are supposed to be the intelligent specy. Right?

  • DogLvr posted at 11:33 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    DogLvr Posts: 3

    This is what happens when everyone screams No Kill, No Kill, No Kill. You can deny that there is a pet overpopulation problem, but you can't deny the consequences of denying there is a problem.

  • sue lane posted at 2:16 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    sue lane Posts: 1

    What I want to know is, doesn't anybody every check where they are sending so called rescue dogs and other animals too. Over 300 animals that have been living like this and finally something was done about it. It is like the Olympic Animal Sanctuary of Forks, WA that was ran by Stephen C. Markwell. He had over a 100 dogs living in small crates. They were kept in those cages 24/7 month after month. They laid in their own waste for weeks on end and were fed twice a week if they were lucky. Many died there and nobody ever checked out what kind of place they were sending their dogs to. He scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars off of people while making the dogs suffer horrendously. People need to start checking out these so called sanctuaries before they sent an animal there. One reason people like to open sanctuaries is that there are hardly any rules governing those places and nothing can be done if the local police and government doesn't do anything as was the case in Forks, WA.

  • Betty k posted at 11:45 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    Betty k Posts: 1

    The other sad part of this story is that Manatee County Animal Services were letting them take dogs from the shelter. Even after they were warned that things were not good there. The shelter manager said there was nothing to the stories of the problems. MCAS should also be held accountable for what was going on.

  • wscott posted at 3:33 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    wscott Posts: 5

    the "authorities" have known about this place furever! Napiers are allowed to "pull" animals from Animal Services. Why has there been no inspection of a Rescue that has had a zillion complaints and yet MCAS allows them to take animals out? It has long been known that Allen Napier goes to Georgia and buys puppies - sells most in horrid shape and lives off the rescue.

  • flsunshine posted at 1:04 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    flsunshine Posts: 1

    How very sad that we treat animals this way!

  • Nahni3 posted at 12:27 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    Nahni3 Posts: 1

    [crying] ,


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