Mother, daughter sentenced for animal cruelty

By Christopher Yazbec, News editor, News4Jax.com, cyazbec@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 14 2014 12:52:17 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 02:57:31 PM EST
Denise and Seantay Jimenez

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photos of Denise and Seantay Jimenez

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Two women have pleaded guilty in an animal cruelty case dating back to November.

Denise Jimenez, 42, was sentenced to two years in prison, while her daughter, Seantay Jimenez, 21, was sentenced to five years probation, mental health evaluation, and ordered never to own an animal again.

Two dogs were rescued from a Westside Super 8 Motel, but five dogs and a cat were found dead in other rooms.

Chance is one of the dogs starved for affection and nearly starved to death. He gained 4 pounds in the week after being rescued and was cared for at Animal Control along with the other dog that survived. Chance has since been adopted.

Police said the Jimenezes kept the animals in two motel rooms.

According to police reports, Denise Jimenez gave her reasoning, saying she and her daughters had been living in the motel for two months, and during that time, one of the animals got cut and eventually died from it. She said shortly thereafter, a second dog died for unknown reasons. She said a cat then died.

Jimenez told police the animals had been dead for a couple of days, and she and her daughter wrapped them in plastic and placed them into a crate. She said she didn't know what to do with them so they kept them in the hotel until they could get rid of them.

According to the report, the motel manager said the two rooms the family was using couldn't be rented and would cost about $20,000 to repair.

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