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Clay County petitions to get ownership of 200-plus animals seized from home

Clay County Sheriff's Office
This is the front of the 10-acre Old Jennings Road site where the animals were confiscated.

Saying the 266 dogs, rabbits, pigs, goats and other animals seized Monday from an Orange Park home were "neglected and cruelly treated," Clay County filed a civil petition to take possession of them and make sure the owner cannot get them back.

The six-page petition, filed Wednesday by Clay County attorney Courtney Grimm, also says 51-year-old Jennifer Michelle Wilkie is "unable or unfit to adequately provide for the animals" now being cared for at a temporary facility at the Clay County Fairgrounds.

A multiagency raid rescued the animals early Monday from what Sheriff Michelle Cook called "deplorable conditions" after a search warrant was served at the home in the 200 block of Old Jennings Road. The investigation began weeks earlier when Clay County paramedics and deputies responding to a medical emergency involving one of two adults there saw animals in bad shape, Cook said.

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.