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Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

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Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
Dr. Edward Dunham was arrested at his home in Palmetto on Saturday. Dr. Edward Dunham was arrested at his home in Palmetto on Saturday.
Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.

Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.

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On Thursday the owner/operators of the facility – Alan and Sheree Napier – were arrested on 15 counts of animal cruelty. The charges involved nine dogs, five horses and one cat. Alan Napier, 51, is also facing a fraud charge.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report deputies executed a search warrant at the Napier Farm and Family Rescue on February 5th in response to several complaints about malnourished animals at the facility. Deputies and animal control officials seized over 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals.

The Napier Family Farm and Rescue website lists Dunham as their Director of Veterinarian Medicine.

Sheree Napier was released on Friday after posting bond; Alan Napier was released after posting bond on Saturday.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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