The Leon County Sheriff’s Office charged a man in connection to a major animal cruelty investigation Tuesday morning.
Marion Harmon was arrested on 57 charges including 37 for aggravated animal cruelty, 7 for animal cruelty and 16 counts of improper disposal of animal remains, according to LCSO spokesperson Shade McMillian.
The investigation, near the 12,000 block of Capitola Road, includes over 150 livestock animals from horses, goats and sheep, to ducks, turkeys and mules, McMillian said.
Harmon’s arrest is the culmination of a week-long investigation by LCSO that began after they received a call reporting buzzards flying around a carcass inside Harmon’s fenced 20-acre property.
The fence around Harmon’s property is covered by sheets of tin, McMillian added.
“When we arrived on scene last week we started noticing some other suspicious things inside the fence,” McMillian said.
There were multiple dead animal carcasses found at the scene Tuesday, McMillian added. Many of the animals were also severely emaciated.
The animals are being transported to neighboring farms with the help of the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, McMillian added.
Harmon was a Florida A&M University professor until he retired at least two years ago, according to WCTV.
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