August 15, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), recently finalized the last remaining seized asset from an old case. Both the LCSO and the DEA joined efforts to shut down a large marijuana growing operation several months back. During the seizure, a 2 year old Paso Fino colt was discovered and his fate had not yet been decided. LCSO Corporal Brandin Sullivan, Agricultural Deputy, petitioned the Levy County Court (on behalf of LCSO) for ownership, and the colt was awarded to the LCSO. The court determined the colt’s owner abandoned it when he fled in his attempt to avoid prosecution.
Sheriff McCallum decided to donate the colt to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch (FSYR). The FSYR established programs to aid communities’ at risk youth by giving them a foundation for success upon completing the program. The FSYR challenges youth, both physically and mentally and often uses large animals to teach responsibilities to the youth. Haley Eatman, the Assistant Farm Manager for the FSYR Live Oak location came to one of the LCSO animal recovery sites to pick up the colt. She has not decided on a name for their newest addition; however, Ms. Eatman said he will be trained and assigned to future youth ranchers.