Mother, daughter, accused in scams and animal cruelty

FLORAL CITY, Fl. (WTVQ) — On September 9, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office discovered the horrific evidence of two women’s expansive animal abuse across four states.

Nancy Freeman, 74, and her 41-year-old daughter Katherine Freeman went by several aliases, according to Citrus Co. Sheriff’s Office. The people the two victimized thought that thousands of dollars were going toward animal feed, veterinary work and supplies, and other goods and services as they boarded animals in the Freeman’s care.

Instead, it appears the two kept the money for themselves, and left dozens of animals trapped and starving at each residence before fleeing. According to police, the duo had been doing this many times in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida.

When Police arrived at the Freeman residence in Floral City, Florida, deputies say they found the decaying body of a horse in a stall, alongside several rabbits. Deputies say they also found a tote with what they described as “several liquefied dogs” inside. Dead cats were found in garbage bags, and neighbors told police that another two horses had been buried on the property.

The Freemans face charges of animal cruelty, neglect, and grand theft.

Officers say they recovered 4 horses, 5 rabbits, 8 goats, 13 cats, and a turtle from the property – some of whom they say were living on rainwater alone. According to law enforcement, one of the surviving horses was a retired thoroughbred race horse, a direct descendant of Secretariat and Seattle Slew.

Police say none of the animals that they saved were put to sleep, and almost all of them have already been adopted.

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