300 Animals In Home: Will Florida Couple Go To Jail After Animal Cruelty And Child Abuse? [VIDEO]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on January 7, 2013 5:54 AM EST

300 animals in one home? When police walked into a Florida house this weekend, they discovered 250 birds, 30 quails, 33 dogs, 6 cats and 10 rabbits hoarded into one house.
300 animals in one home? When police walked into a Florida house this weekend, they discovered 250 birds, 30 quails, 33 dogs, 6 cats and 10 rabbits hoarded into one house. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Three hundreds animals were found hoarded into a Florida home this weekend, horrifying authorities who discovered 250 birds, 30 quails, 33 dogs, 6 cats and 10 rabbits living on top of one another in unsanitary conditions.

After a warrant was served at 10 a.m., police went into the Berea, Florida home and found everything from snakes to lizards.

Pinellas County Sheriff's officials were originally told to search the home because they received a call from Jeffrey O'Neil and Jennifer Kovacs saying a 16-month-old girl had disappeared. When police arrived at the home they found the toddler unharmed at the house of a relative. According to reports, the relative took the child home with her after seeing that the couple was intoxicated.

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The police have arrested the couple, slapping them with countless charges, including the failure to secure proper dog licenses or proper rabies vaccines for the animals. The couple was also cited for becoming a nuisance to neighbors.

Most of the animals were removed from the home and are now at the Parma Animal Shelter on 6260 State Road. But the birds and rabbits are still on the premises because the shelter doesn't have sufficient space for 250 birds.

The homeowners have told authorities various stories, and it's still unclear which tales are true and which ones are false. Though police told the couple they must find another home for the remaining animals within 24 hours, the homeowners reportedly insisted that they were only looking after the birds for a friend.

Some reports have speculated that the dogs were being used for breeding. Other articles have said the homeowners were trying to sell the birds to increase their cash flow.

Shockingly, this isn't the first incident in Florida in which authorities have found so many animals in one house. Take a look at this video of the last incident.

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