Alaqua rescues 97 dogs in neglect case

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

"We're learning day by day what we've got here," said Hood. "Due to the sheer numbers, this is probably the worst case I have encountered in six years. We are providing shelter and safety. All the surviving ones are putting on weight with fresh food and water. The best case scenario is if she would give them up and we could get custody and adopt them out. I hope it can be worked out so we can do what is best for the animals."

Payne was out on bond when a second warrant was obtained late Wednesday afternoon by investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s office for the arrest of Payne, 49. Payne turned herself in today and was arrested for 102 felony counts of animal cruelty. A second search warrant was also executed Wednesday at 1426 JW Hollington Road , Freeport , for the remainder of the animals. Eight more horses, two donkeys and three more dogs were rescued and have been taken to various locations for temporary custody. There will be more charges forthcoming.

Hood said her most pressing need is money to assist in caring for the animals and nursing them back to health.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

A second warrant was obtained by investigators Wednesday and Nancy Payne turned herself in to face 102 felony counts of animal cruelty.  A second search warrant was also executed and eight horses, two donkeys and three dogs were rescued and have been taken to various locations for temporary custody.  There will be more charges forthcoming.For more information about Alaqua, visit www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org or call 880-6399.



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