Authorities Discover 300 Animals in Hoarders’ Home
A couple in Southwest Florida has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty when officers responding to a report of a missing child discovered that the hoarders were keeping 300 animals in their home.
According to ABC News, Jeffrey O’Neill and partner Jennifer Kovacs of Oldsmar, Florida, apparently woke up after both had been heavily drinking and reported their 16 month old baby missing.
But when police arrived, they not only discovered that the home was being used to keep hoards of animals in unfit conditions but also that a relative had taken the young girl to their home for safety’s sake since they could not rouse either parent from their drunken stupor.
Officials report that the couple were breeding a variety of animals for sale, including rats, lizards, snakes, rabbits and birds, but did not have the necessary licensing to do so. Dead rats and hamsters were among the animals living in sordid conditions without enough food or water.
In July of 2010, animal control officers raided a South Philadelphia home and confiscated more than 100 Chihuahuas.
The female homeowner, who was in her 50’s, lived alone at the address.
“I can’t believe you can have so many animals inside these tiny little houses,” a neighbor said to Action News.
Animal officials label the woman as a ‘typical hoarder.’ Officials say the problem is that hoarders sometimes masquerade as rescuers, describing their homes as s