(CBS/AP) OLDSMAR, Fla. - Jeffrey O'Neil and Jennifer Kovacs, a southwest Florida couple, are charged with animal cruelty and child abuse after authorities responding to a call about a missing child discovered 300 neglected animals in their home, CBS affiliate WTVY reports.
Pinellas County Sheriff's officials responded to the Oldsmar home Sunday after receiving a call from O'Neil, 28, and Kovacs, 26, about the disappearance of a 16-month-old girl they were caring for. 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.