As a result of its ongoing investigation into a Manatee County animal sanctuary, deputies discovered multiple animal graves Thursday.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, deputies discovered a total of 20 dead dogs and cats buried in a shallow grave at the back of the Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary property.

The search was part of the animal cruelty investigation at the sanctuary, located at 20010 State Road 64 East in Bradenton.

On Wednesday, more than 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals were confiscated from the property due to poor health conditions.

Veterinarians were on scene and 12 dogs had to be euthanized.

The investigation involves possible animal cruelty and fraud. No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, anyone interested in donating food or supplies for these animals or have information can call MSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 1151.