Polk sheriff's office to get custody of animals

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it expects to be given custody of nearly 200 animals that were seized from a sanctuary last month.

The office said Judge Gerald Hill II issued an oral pronouncement and is expected to enter a written order Wednesday awarding it custody of animals seized from  Darlynn's Darlins rescue on Aug. 4.

The animals include

  • 120 pigs/hogs
  • 40 chickens
  • 12 cats
  • 5 dogs
  • 1 rabbit
  • 1 horse
  • 1 steer
  • 2 ducks

Four other animals belonged to other people and were returned to them. 

Sanctuary owners 61-year-old Clinton "Butch" Martin and 65-year-old Darlynn Czerner were charged with 138 counts of animal cruelty. The sanctuary came under investigation after PETA released an undercover video showing conditions there.

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