300 Abused Animals in Home Have Missing Toddler to Thank for Their Rescue

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snakeMaybe this story wouldn't seem as troubling if I hadn't just read about the mom who stopped a python from eating her 2-year-old in the nick of time. Now with that story, the mom was totally innocent -- the snake was native to the area and got inside her house, so it's just one of those flukes. But not so in this recent, disturbing scene out of Florida that police uncovered when they searched the home of a 16-month-old in Florida who was reported missing

The good news was the child wasn't really missing in the sense that we always fear. The parents had told police that she crawled out of her crib while they were "sleeping," opened the front door, and wandered off. And by sleeping I mean "drunk" -- according to police. Turns out, the child was with a relative who had stopped by to check on the baby and discovered her crying. I'm not sure why the relative thought just taking the child without trying to rouse the parents or at least leaving a note was the best idea, but desperate times call for desperate measures. If what police found when they went to the house is any indication, there are some messed up things happening in this house. Namely 300 animals! Some of them dead.

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Yes, rats, hamsters, lizards, and ... snakes. All being bred and sold without a license, and living in deplorable conditions that caused police to charge the woman and her boyfriend with animal cruelty, on top of a child abuse charge. News footage shows police carting out crates of rabbits and aquariums packed with rats. I'm not a fan of rats, but seeing those animals packed into that container like sardines is disturbing and sad.

The mother's mom -- whose house it was -- said the rats and rabbits just kept breeding like crazy, and she had been trying to get her daughter and her boyfriend to get rid of the animals for some time. And if you have ever raised rabbits and other rodents before, you know that they have their own gruesome method of population control -- eating their babies. I would be totally surprised that there wasn't plenty of that going on based on the description of the house.

This poor 16-month-old! Thank goodness someone got her out in time. I'm just not sure why the owner of the house, the relative, friends, or neighbors who knew about the animals hadn't called police before this, but at least it happened before something really awful happened to that child. Never thought I'd say this but thank goodness the couple passed out drunk when they did, or the series of events could have been much, much worse.


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jaznrich jaznrich

In the local news coverage of this, it was stated that the relative repeatedly tried to wake the adults AND left a note explaining all this. But such wonderful caregivers they were....

Shlamoof Shlamoof

They prolly couldn't find the note.  I have a feeling that home is pretty cluttered.

Rebec... Rebecca75

Yikes poor toddler and animals! I love Rats. I work at a pet store and have seen that rodents will eat each others babies and if there is a deceased rodent they will eat it. Watch the show hoarders and these homes become toxic to the humans and animals. Worse they were trying to sell them! Hope they get some jail time and some mental help!

nonmember avatar hailey

Before you go running your mouth about all this which was misconstrued you should get your info straight. Fyi this girl is my sister in law. And ive already contacted our lawyer. This is deformation of character which is illegal

nonmember avatar Missy

DEFORMATION of character? Really?
It's only DEFAMATION if it can be proven untrue, and it has to actually damage them...as in loss of business and such.
Your lawyer should have told you that, foolish.

the4m... the4mutts

This is deplorable. I feel very sorry for the baby and those animals! What disgusting people. I hope that baby gets placed somewhere cleaner, with someone that actually gives a crap.

I don't even want to think of what's going to happen to the animals, as they're probably sick and unable to be rehomed.

@hailey- your sister in law sucks and I hope they prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law.

the4m... the4mutts

Oh, and a deformation is what those inbred rodent probably had. You mean defamation.

Jeanetts Jeanetts

I hope that woman and the boyfriend get the maximum punishment, jail and fines, and lose custody of the child. This stuff makes me sick. And PS Hailey: why would you claim that woman?

soon2... soon2bmomof2grs

hailey - I am sure you are correct and not everything is known. From the facts given it looks really bad. Every story has more than one side and it's not fair to judge based on one. That being said if your family members wish to breed and sale animals they should get a licencenext time and go about it in the correct way. 3 dead animals out of 300, with no statement as to how long they had been dead or how they had died... Things happen (Just pointing it out because the author makes it seem like more were dead than just 3). The animal stores in our area have about the same number of rats in a cage the same size and the python was in the same size cage as ours was in my herpetology class.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

I don't think you can sue for defamation if it's in the public record. 

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