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260 living animals, at least 16 carcasses found on Capitola Road property, deputies say

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office found a total of 260 living animals and at least 16 carcasses on a Capitola Road property during its investigation of an animal cruelty case.

Marion Harmon faces a total of 57 charges, including 34 counts of animal cruelty, seven counts of tormenting, depriving, mutilating or killing animals and 16 counts of unlawful disposal of dead animals.

Harmon made his first court appearance at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Leon County. As of 11:40 a.m., court records showed he was still at the Leon County Jail. His bond is estimated to be $41,500.

Deputies were at 12759 Capitola Road all day Tuesday processing the scene. According to LCSO Public Information Officer Shade McMillian, one of the cows taken from the property gave birth to a baby calf and both are in good condition. Last week, one of the sheep gave birth to twin lambs, and McMillian says they’re all in good condition as well.

A Florida A&M University spokesperson confirmed to WCTV Harmon was a professor there. The university sent the following statement to our newsroom:

According to the Florida A&M University Office of Human Resources, Marion Harmon was employed as a nine-month employee as an assistant visiting professor within the Department of Computer Information Systems until the end of the spring 2021 semester. He is currently employed on an OPS contract that was scheduled to end with the close of the C term on August 2.

Harmon does not have a signed contract to teach this fall. He retired in August 2019 and was re-hired in August 2020.

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