Florida Police Respond to Missing Child Alert to Find Home Full of Hundreds of Caged Animals
The couple were caring for the toddler, but in the early hours of January 6 reported her missing. They believed she had crawled out of her crib and went out the front door. She had been missing for an hour before they called police.
When police arrived they noticed that the couple was drunk. While the didn't find the girl, they did find a note from relatives explaining that they had come to pick up the girl and couldn't wake up O'Neil. The child was was later confirmed to be in the care of relatives.
7 Burmese PythonsIt was like a mini-Noah's Ark in there.
20 Unknown Types of Snakes
7 Monitor Lizards
100 (Approx) Bearded Lizards
2 Scorpion Spiders (Dead)
100 (Approx) Rats and Mice
Three dead rats and a dead hamster were also found. They had begun to be eaten by other animals in the home. Police also had to remove a lizard that had burrowed into the back yard.
The couple was breeding and selling the animals without a license, police say.
Both were arrested on child abuse and animal cruelty charges.
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