39 animals seized from Flagler Estates home

Arrest warrants obtained for 2 homeowners on animal cruelty charges


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – St. Johns County deputies seized 39 large animals early Friday morning in an animal cruelty investigation at a Flagler Estates home.

Seventeen cows, nine pigs, 11 goats and two horses were removed from the home in the 10000 block of Nikolitch Avenue after deputies were called there following a report of poor living conditions.

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Deputies said the animals appeared to be malnourished, in poor health and confined without sufficient food, water or space.

The animals were taken to an undisclosed farm, where they will be cared for, housed and fed, deputies said. They will be in the custody of the Sheriff's Office pending disposition by the court. A hearing will
be held within 30 days for final disposition, deputies said.

They said the animals will remain the property of the homeowners pending the final disposition.

Deputies said complaint affidavits were signed and arrest warrants obtained against the homeowners, Tammy Denes and Donald Dunbar, both 40, who are charged with 39 counts of animal cruelty.