D/S Brandon Jones designed and built a pump-house and fence to better protect the well from damage from the weather and livestock.
On April 23rd the Rural Services Unit developed and participated in a Cancer Benefit trail ride held at San Felasco. We had over 40 riders participate which raised over $1,200. Rural Services and the Sheriff's Office received a Certificate of Appreciation from NEAT horse rescue.
ASO (COPS, Rural Services and Forensics) assisted Animal Control with serving a Search Warrant at 21023 Railroad Lane High Springs (Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary). Animal Control began an investigation of an animal rescue which had violated their special use permit. The facility was allowed to keep up to 200 cats, however, when the warrant was served there were about 700 cats. Animal Control also had assistance from the following agencies; The Humane Society, ASPCA and Vets from the University of Florida, High Springs Police Department, Gainesville Fire Rescue (HAZMAT) (about 40 people in total). Over the course of two days the cats were removed from the property and were transported to a secure location in Gainesville where they will receive treatment. Animal Control will work with the SAO to determine what charges will be filed in the case.
On June 20th D/S Brandon Jones seized 40 cows from a pasture in High Springs due to them being very underweight. One died during the night and three more were euthanized due to not being able to get up. All were buried at the Impound.
On June 25th Jones found that a calf was born at the Impound (first ever) during the previous night.
On July 26th Rural Services auctioned a pot belly pig "Star" which was sold to GPD Officer (Cpl.) Tscharna Senn for $30.
On Aug 24th D/S Jones, D/S Koon and Sgt R Behl seized 25 cows from a rancher near Jonesville. The cows were very under weight and he had too many cows for the size and type of pasture. The owner elected to surrender the cows to the Sheriff's Office.
On Dec 30th Deputy Koon and D/S Buckley assisted other agencies rescue a horse which had been trapped in the mud at Paynes Prairie State Park.