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Dead pets in motel rooms; mom, daughter arrested

Police say lime apparently used in attempt to cover up smell, kill fleas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman and her daughter are each facing eight counts of animal cruelty after investigators said they found seven dead or emaciated dogs and a dead cat in two rooms of a Westside motel Friday.

Investigators said 42-year-old Denise Jimenez and her 21-year-old daughter, Seantay Jimenez, had been living at the hotel for two months.

Police said lime was sprinkled around the two rooms at the Super 8 Motel on Youngerman Circle, apparently in an attempt to cover up the smell.

Denise Jimenez told police she bought the lime to kill fleas in the room.

There were two surviving dogs in the rooms, but they were not found in good condition.

"It will take a little while to get there, but if they're not eating full weeks at a time, you're gonna get there pretty quickly. The body is going to start eating up that store of fat to feed itself basically," said St. Francis Animal Hospital's Dr. Kyle Wolfersteig.

The surviving dogs were found with bed sores and other skin problems, likely caused by a lack of food.

"Basically, it indicates malnourishment over a long period of time, so the bones are sticking out a bit, they're lying on the ground, that puts pressure on bones and can create pressure sores," said Wolfersteig.

One Animal Care and Protective Services investigator told police, "This is the worst I've ever seen," according to a police report.

Denise and Seantay Jimenez were both arrested. The two surviving dogs are being cared for at Duval County Animal Care and protective services.