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39 farm animals seized in northeast Florida

The Associated Press
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ST. AUGUSTINE — The owners of a northeast Florida farm are facing charges after authorities seized 39 animals from their property.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office reports that Tammy Marie Denes and Donald Eugene Dunbar, both 40, were charged Friday with 39 counts of animal cruelty.

Authorities removed 17 cows, 11 goats, nine pigs and two horses from the property. Officials say the animals appeared to be in poor health and were confined without sufficient food, water or space.

The Florida Times-Union reports that animals were taken to another farm where they will be cared for in the custody of the sheriff’s office.

Denes and Dunbar currently retain ownership of the animals, but they could lose ownership at hearing that will be held within 30 days.

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