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Animal Atrocity: Authorities Hunt for Culprit in Shocking Case of Dog Cruelty

Authorities are urgently seeking the whereabouts of Matthew Wayne Keel, wanted on a felony warrant for a shocking case of animal cruelty. Keel faces a staggering 23 counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty and 19 counts of Animal Cruelty, stemming from a distressing discovery made on February 1, 2024, at a residence in the 5700 block of NW 6th Street.

Responding to the scene, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Marion County Animal Services were confronted with a heart-wrenching sight – 53 dogs living in appalling conditions. Tragically, one dog was found deceased, while others were in urgent need of medical attention. The distress didn’t end there; authorities made the chilling discovery of deceased dogs stored in the freezer.

MCSO Agricultural Detective Burgess wasted no time in securing a warrant for Keel’s arrest. However, efforts to locate him have hit a roadblock, with fears that he may have fled the state.

The innocent animals subjected to such cruelty deserve justice, and it’s imperative that Keel be held accountable for his reprehensible actions. The community is urged to come forward with any information on his whereabouts by contacting MCSO at 352-732-9111. Alternatively, anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP, referencing case number 24-12 in your tip.

The pursuit of justice for these defenseless animals remains a top priority, and authorities are determined to ensure that Keel faces the consequences of his actions. (J. Burgess 24-2350)

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