Three children were taken from their parents’ Tennessee home after a child services visit revealed that the house was entirely unlivable: covered in feces, garbage, rotting food, and containing over 21 live animals.
Police also removed the pets from the home. Most of the animals were very thin, and covered in mites and fleas.
Police found at least one child locked in a room sitting on a mattress surrounded by filth and dirt.
The Daily Mail reports:
Twenty one animals were removed from the home including 11 that were found dead in a freezer – two dogs, two turtles, a rabbit and five parakeets – the Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, Bob Citrullo, said.
The other animals were found alive – four dogs, three cats, a rabbit, a python and a lizard.
Citrullo described them all as being ‘very thin’ and covered in parasites and fleas.
The children – aged two, two and five – weren’t at home on Saturday when police performed a welfare check.
However, officers did note the conditions the animals were left in on the property.
The state of the home prompted them to call the Humane Educational Society on Monday morning, Citrullo said.
In addition to being charged for aggravated child neglect, the rescue team will recommend to the court to bring up animal cruelty charges on them as well.
Police found a pair of twin boys that lived with their brother on the mattress. All children have been removed and placed in safe custody.