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Two Flagler Estate Residents Face 39 Counts Of Animal Cruelty Each After Foul Discovery

| September 18, 2014

One of the pigs found in filthy conditions at the Flagler Estates home. (SJSO)

One of the pigs found in filthy conditions at the Flagler Estates home. (SJSO)

Two Flagler Estates residents, Tammy Marie Denes, 40, and Donald E. Dunbar, 40,  are each facing 39 counts of animal cruelty after the large animals they were responsible for were found to be held in poor and  neglectful conditions.

St. Johns County Circuit Court Judge Charles Tinlin on Wednesday awarded the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office the 39 large animals it had seized on Aug. 22 from 10020 Nikolitch Ave. in Flagler Estates. The development straddles the Flagler-St. Johns County line. The house where the animals were seized is on the St. Johns side. In all, 17 cows, nine pigs, 11 goats and two horses were removed after deputies were called to the residence following a report of neglect, the sheriff’s office reported today.

The judge found that Denes and Dunbar were the owners of the animals and were unable to care for them. The animals were awarded to the sheriff’s office to be offered for auction and will be announced to the public at a later date. Individuals who have the ability to provide for these animals are encouraged to attend that auction.

Tinlin also ordered  Denes and Dunbar  permanently enjoined from owning animals until they can demonstrate to the court the ability and willingness to provide adequate food, shelter, space, and veterinary care for  animals. They were fined nearly $5,300, payable to the sheriff’s office, for the animals’ care since the office took possession of them.

Denes and Dunbar are free on bonds of $39,000 each pending the criminal case.







Donald Dunbar.

Donald Dunbar.

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5 Responses for “Two Flagler Estate Residents Face 39 Counts Of Animal Cruelty Each After Foul Discovery”

  1. rst says:

    What a wretched couple…

  2. YankeeExPat says:

    Flagler Estates “! ………Really? , who are they the Friggin Clampetts?

  3. Obama 2014 says:

    I wonder if they asked for help to take care of the animals.

  4. NortonSmitty says:

    Costs a lot to take care of one large animal these days let lone try to have a menagerie like this. If their heart was trying to help abandoned animals let’s not be too harsh in judgement. It doesn’t look like they were trying to run a money-making operation. I’d bet if they had the $5,300 to pay the damned fine they would have spent it on the animals.

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