Florida couple charged with animal cruelty, child abuse

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A couple in Florida has been charged with animal cruelty and child abuse after nearly 300 animals were found in their home.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials responded to the Oldsmar home Sunday after receiving a call from Jeffrey O’Neil and Jennifer Kovacs (aged 26 and 28) about the disappearance of their 16-month-old girl.

Authorities say she was found unharmed at the home of a relative who took her after trying unsuccessfully to awaken the allegedly intoxicated couple.

Deputies said they found hundreds of snakes, lizards, rats, birds and rabbits being kept in deplorable conditions inside the house.

They said the animals were being bred and sold without the proper licensing.

Voice of Russia, AP

Source: The Voice of Russia