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Donna Faircloth: Breeder in Venice Florida

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VENICE - Sarasota County’s worst animal hoarder was allowed to plead no contest to a single misdemeanor charge and was fined $100 as part of a plea bargain this month.

Donna Barr Faircloth, 60, who had faced three misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, took the plea deal Jan. 4. In addition to the fine, she must pay $373 in court costs. Faircloth did not return calls seeking comment.

Animal Services raided her rural Venice home in May and removed 263 dogs from her property. Many were sick and covered with sores and mange. It took rescuers two days to remove all of the dogs from cages and chicken coops, where they were kept under horrific conditions. More than a dozen local shelters helped with the rescue efforts.

Animal rights activists and officials at local shelters, who were swamped by the sheer number of dogs, are disappointed by the sentence and say they are worried Faircloth may re-offend.

Wendy Scott, an activist who was involved in the rescue, says Faircloth was a breeder, not a hoarder.

“She was making money off of those animals,” Scott said. “This sentence will encourage other people to start or encourage them to keep breeding. This is a horrible sentence — a slap on the wrist. How many times are we going to have to do this for the Faircloths or people like the Faircloths?”

Lt. Scott Ortner, Director of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services, said his office still has a civil order in place against Faircloth, which prevents her from having more than four dogs. The order was obtained in May, shortly after Faircloth was charged. However, Ortner said he lacks the staff to monitor her compliance on a regular basis.

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VENICE - Sarasota County’s worst animal hoarder was allowed to plead no contest to a single misdemeanor charge and was fined $100 as part of a plea bargain this month.

Donna Barr Faircloth, 60, who had faced three misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, took the plea deal Jan. 4. In addition to the fine, she must pay $373 in court costs. Faircloth did not return calls seeking comment.

Animal Services raided her rural Venice home in May and removed 263 dogs from her property. Many were sick and covered with sores and mange. It took rescuers two days to remove all of the dogs from cages and chicken coops, where they were kept under horrific conditions. More than a dozen local shelters helped with the rescue efforts.

Animal rights activists and officials at local shelters, who were swamped by the sheer number of dogs, are disappointed by the sentence and say they are worried Faircloth may re-offend.

Wendy Scott, an activist who was involved in the rescue, says Faircloth was a breeder, not a hoarder.

“She was making money off of those animals,” Scott said. “This sentence will encourage other people to start or encourage them to keep breeding. This is a horrible sentence — a slap on the wrist. How many times are we going to have to do this for the Faircloths or people like the Faircloths?”

Lt. Scott Ortner, Director of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services, said his office still has a civil order in place against Faircloth, which prevents her from having more than four dogs. The order was obtained in May, shortly after Faircloth was charged. However, Ortner said he lacks the staff to monitor her compliance on a regular basis.

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