A Freeport woman is arrested on animal cruelty charges.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Friday at Nancy Payne’s home on Hollington Road. They found 97 dogs and six horses. The Alaqua Animal Refuge took the malnourished animals and will care for them until new homes can be found.
Payne, 49, was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty. More charges are being filed in this 4 month long ongoing investigation.
Refuge workers, the Sheriff’s office, Walton County Animal Control, and countless volunteers spent Friday night and all day Saturday processing and treating the animals at the refuge. According to a statement on Alaqua’s website, most of the animals are stable