Businesswoman announces city council candidacy; rescued animals update

*A Gainesville businesswoman announced Friday her intention to run for the city council seat recently vacated by George Wangemann. Abigail Guzman is the owner of Consuelo and Pristine Clean. Wangemann left office at the end of last year because of declining health. Last elected in 2021, Wangemann’s term was set to expire December 31, 2025. A special election will be held to fill the vacancy. The date for that election has not been announced.

*The woman charged with animal cruelty after 22 cats and one dog were found in what authorities described as “living in poor conditions” at her Gainesville residence earlier this week has been freed on bond. Deborah Fricks, 62, was released Thursday, according to a sheriff’s office spokeswoman. The charge she’s facing is a misdemeanor.

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