Since Jan 1, 2013, The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has handled 38 cases involving animal abuse, abandonment and neglect. The Sheriff’s Office has a full time investigator dedicated to these cases.
Investigator Breezy Adkinson has more than 16 years of law enforcement experience and works extremely close with Walton County Animal Control and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Adkinson spends a good deal of her time educating owners of domestic pets and livestock on providing medical care, appropriate diet and good living conditions. She follows up on all ongoing cases to ensure animal owners are providing the proper care for their animals.
One of the biggest animal cases to date is that of Nancy Payne, 49, who was arrested for 102 felony counts of animal cruelty. This was a lengthy investigation and the Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the support of Animal Control and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Alaqua Animal Refuge assisted both agencies by taking in 97 dogs and 16 horses from the animal cruelty case, which is still ongoing. They have provided protection, shelter and care to these animals.
In 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has spent $21,152 dollars in boarding fees and feed and $3,393 dollars for veterinary fees and medicine. The majority of the money has gone to support Alaqua Animal Refuge in helping with the recovery process for the animals involved with the Sheriff’s Office criminal cases.