MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- It's been six months since over 300 animals were recovered from Napier's Animal Sanctuary in Manatee County due to deplorable conditions. But now one of those animals is once again in harm’s way.
His name is Tiny Tim, and those who rescued him say they need your help.
The February raid at Napier’s was a sad and disturbing story that dominated newscasts. According to officials, the animals were in unlivable conditions, many of them subjected to floors covering in feces and urine, and the filth caused health issues for many of the animals.
Among those rescued was a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Tiny Tim. "He had medical issues, ear problems, some eye problems, he was underweight, and we nursed him back to health," says Jeanette Casey of Canine Castaways.
That process began in February, and recently Tiny Tim got to a point where he was placed with a foster family. But the story of triumph quickly took a turn for the worse.
"He was out in the yard with his foster family, and there was a loud clap of thunder before a storm, and he got scared and ran into the palmettos that are very thick around the property."
That was in July, and since then no one has seen or heard Tiny Tim. “We rescued him to give him a happy ending and a happy rest of his life, and now he’s scared and has run away and is all alone."
Casey says Tiny Tim, who weighs just a few pounds, is very skittish and tends to be afraid of most things.
In their desire to find him, they've created a Facebook page, which has more than 1,000 likes.
There is also a $500 reward. "We’re very worried about him, so we just want him to come back safely so that we can help him find his forever family."
The owners of Napiers Animal Sanctuary, Alan and Sheree Napier, will face a judge in October for animal cruelty and fraud charges.
If you see tiny Tim, you are asked to contact Pamela Wright at (678) 446-8493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.