Friday, June 18, 2010

Florida: Jury Convicts Robin Floyd and Lynn Floyd on multiple animal cruelty charges after they starved their horses. But despite 7 counts of cruelty each, they're only given 6 months probation

FLORIDA -- A North Escambia couple has been found guilty on multiple animal cruelty charges by an Escambia County jury.

Robin Brownie Floyd, 53, and Lynn Livingston Floyd, 43, both of Gilmore Road, Century, were both found guilty on seven of eight charges of confinement of animals without sufficient food or water.


Both Floyds were sentenced to six months probation and ordered to pay over $500 in costs each. They were also ordered to take a horse training or treatment course, and they are not allowed to have custody of a horse for the length of their probation, according to Escambia County Clerk of the Courts records. They were given 10 days to find a home any horses they may have. But, according to court records, they are allowed to work around horses.

Panhandle Equine Rescue received a tip that several thin horses were being moved by the Floyds to Santa Rosa County, according to PER President Diane Lowery. She said the horses were being transferred to a Santa Rosa County residence and then moved out of state to a horse rescue in Georgia. Lowery said that when PER investigated in September, they found three emaciated horses still on the Gilmore Road property.

What Robin Floyd and Lynn Floyd were alleged to be doing was neglecting the animals to the point where they could be criminally charged. Then they would reach out to a horse rescue and make up a story that they had rescued them but couldn't keep them. Then they would ship them off to the rescue and no one would be the wiser.

Warrants were issued on three counts each, and the Floyds turned themselves in at the Escambia County Jail on October 15. Additional charges were filed by the State Attorney’s Office in December.

PER, Lowery said, took photos of the other horses to the State Attorney’s office and requested that there be more charges, “since every horse that suffered neglect mattered”.

( - June 18, 2010)