A woman deemed "unfit" to own pets and who subsequently was billed more than $14,000 to cover the cost of the care of the animals confiscated from her home was picked up on a warrant for a felony charge of animal cruelty, according to court documents.

Carmen Marie Zenata, 58, was arrested Thursday by the Orange City Police Department and booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail. She was released later that day after posting $5,000 bail.

Zenata, who used to go by the name Carmen Harris, was investigated Dec. 4, 2017, after Deltona animal control officers searched her home at 2130 Montecito Ave. and found 14 dogs inside cages in her master bedroom, according to a charging affidavit.

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Inside that bedroom, there were eight cages on cinder blocks that were stacked on top of each other that contained 11 dogs. On the opposite wall, there was a kennel also raised on cinder blocks that contained three dogs. The dogs were in poor health and some had infections on their paws and inside their mouths, officials said.

Two of the 14 dogs, both Dachshunds, were in severe distress, according to the affidavit. One had an injured hind leg and walked with a limp while the other was partially blind and possibly had neurological issues, animal control officers said.

Zenata and her husband at the time, Charles Harris, were ordered by the court to pay $14,235 to the city of Deltona to cover the cost and treatment of the animals.

Records show Charles Harris was not charged criminally.

Deltona animal control officers also investigated Irena Yeater, 60, in connection with the case. She, like Zenata, was suspected of running a puppy mill. She had roughly 27 dogs in her home on Wilmington Drive and they, too, were in distress, according to records.

In September, Yeater pleaded no contest to a charge of animal cruelty. She received 12 months probation and was fined more than $1,300, documents show. She also was prohibited from possessing any animals other than the four cats she already owned and the two birds owned by her son.

As for Zenata, she is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 5.

Of the more than 40 dogs confiscated from the two homes, two puppies died and six more almost died, Halifax Humane Society Chief Executive Officer Miguel Abi Hassan told The News-Journal last December.