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Two Safety Harbor women charged after dead cat, sick animals found in home

SAFETY HARBOR — Deputies on Thursday night arrested two women who live at a home where authorities found several abandoned and malnourished animals.

Deputies arrested Yanita Baranovsky, 25, and Monica Marie Auten, 23, on charges of animal cruelty. Deputies say the women are related and live at the home, 1145 Withlacoochee St.

Baranovsky, who was also arrested on an unrelated Hillsborough County theft warrant, was being held at the Pinellas County jail Friday morning in lieu of $10,500 bail. Auten's bail was set at $10,000.

The women told deputies Thursday that they had last been at the house on Tuesday, said Cecilia Barreda, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

The women told the deputies they were "shocked about the condition of the animals," Barreda said.

Baranovsky and Auten were arrested after neighbors called the Sheriff's Office about 7 p.m. Thursday and said the women had returned to the flea-infested home, deputies said.

Deputies had investigated the home earlier Thursday after neighbors reported that the women had not been home for several days.

Deputies saw an emaciated English bulldog and a potbellied pig in the back yard. Inside the home, deputies found a dead cat and malnourished animals in cages, including two beagles, a pug, a parrot and two rabbits. The cat looked as if it had been dead for days, according to an arrest affidavit.

The investigation is continuing.

Two Safety Harbor women charged after dead cat, sick animals found in home 04/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:56pm]
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