Florida couple arrested after operating zoo inside their home

Jennifer Kovacs anf Jeffrey O’Neil 
By: Sarah Weiss 

(Scroll down for video) A Florida couple was arrested after they operated a zoo inside their home, according to police reports in Florida.

The Florida couple is in custody after authorities discovered a small zoo inside their home, with about 300 animals, ranging from dogs to reptiles.

Pinellas County investigators say they were alerted to the zoo on Sunday after Jeffrey O'Neil, 28, and Jennifer Kovacs, 26, called police and said that a 16-month-old child was missing.

When authorities arrived, the couple was drunk and did not see a note saying that a relative took the baby and called for help. The Tampa Bay animal workers said that the discovery is a case of animal hoarding.

"We are talking about snakes, rabbits, hedgehogs, rats, numerous animals and dogs," Jill Purl, a Tampa Bay animal care officer told a local television station. Kovacs’ mother, Joyce, said the couple was raising animals for sale at flea markets and on Craigslist.

The child is in good condition, while O'Neil and Kovacs are being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail, facing charges of child abuse and animal cruelty.



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