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Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputies along with the Brevard County Fire County Rescue responded  to a structure fire at Merritt Island On January 11, 2017, at approximately 3:45 a.m.

Deputies arrived they found the residents attempting to frantically remove dogs from the residence. The residence quickly filled with smoke preventing any further rescue attempts. Firefighters arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire.

Fourteen  dogs and one  cat were rescued from the residence. Some of the dogs were
immediately provided oxygen by BCFR at the scene, with one dog receiving CPR. All of the
rescued animals were transported to the Brevard County South Animal Care Center where they
received emergency treatment. The medical staff continues to treat the animals and they are  optimistic
that all Fifteen  will recover completely. Tragically, 45 cats, 4 dogs, 2 raccoons, and one
Macaw perished in the fire.

BCSO Animal Service personnel discovered the condition of the residence to be deplorable and
representative of animal hoarding. The overcrowding of animals within the home resulted in
inhumane and unsanitary living conditions. Several of the rescued animals were not being provided adequate veterinary care and were suffering from significant medical issues.


JacquelynTraumand and  Daniel Brantley, both of Merritt Island were arrested and charged with
Four Felony counts of Animal Cruelty (Causing Death, Pain, and Suffering), and 74 misdemeanor
counts of Animal Cruelty (Torment, Deprive, Mutilate, Kill). Both Traum and Brantley are each
being held at the Brevard County Jail under a $45,000 bond.

Jacquelyn Traum

Jacquelyn Traum



The investigation revealed Jacquelyn Traum and Daniel Brantley inhumanely housed a large
amount of animals within a small space where the health, safety, and sanitary conditions of the
animals contributed to the excessive suffering and stress of the animals.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, “The inhumane conditions these animals were being kept and the
amount of suffering they endured is unimaginable. The scene was very difficult for our Fire
Rescue partners and our Deputies who tried to save as many animals as possible that were
trapped inside the home. I can’t thank them and our Animal Services Team enough for everything
they did to save the pets and to prepare them for adoption to loving homes where they will
actually be cared for and loved the rest of their lives.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Brevard County
Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigations via the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center
at (321) 633-7162, or CRIMELINE at 1-800- 423-TIPS (8477), you can also
visit, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to
CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.


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