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Lakewood Ranch, Florida- Animal Rescue groups in Manatee County are feeling overwhelmed Thursday night, as they receive more animals needing help.

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue in Lakewood Ranch says it's taken in 100 dogs and cats in the last week. Karen Slomba, Honor's Associate Director, says the last 14 animals come from two separate animal cruelty cases in the last two days.

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Honor is already caring for 86 of the animals removed from Napier's Sanctuary last week. Deputies raided the facility after complaints showed animals in poor health and living conditions.

Slomba says, "We haven't been able to increase our staff. We don't have additional funds for that. A typical day for our volunteers is from 7 in the morning to 10:30 at night. We're stretched very thin."

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue

Honor's says the best way to help is to adopt one of the dozens of animals ready for a new home. Honor has about 60 dogs, besides the 100 rescue animals, ready to be adopted. Slomba says another way to help is through cash donations to cover the veterinary care the rescues need.

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