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Animals seized at Oldsmar home up for adoption today

Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 01:15 PM

Hundreds of exotic animals seized at an Oldsmar home this month will be available for adoption beginning today from the SPCA Tampa Bay.

Bearded dragons, hedgehogs, hamsters, spiny mice, snakes and other reptiles are available and in good health.

"There are definitely people who are interested in what would be considered a more exotic pet," said Martha Boden of SPCA Tampa Bay.

Adopting a hedgehog requires an application.

Several rabbits seized from the home will be available for adoption later in the week, the SPCA said.

On Jan. 7, officials investigating a report of a missing toddler found the nearly 300 animals at the home of Jennifer Kovacs and Jeffrey O'Neil, both 28. The couple face child abuse and animal cruelty charges.

Many of the animals were crammed into dozens of cages. Rats and mice were being bred to feed reptiles.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo, is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (727) 586-3591.

News Channel 8 reporter Natalie Shepherd contributed to this report.


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