Three Florida residents are facing child abuse and animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered animal feces and urine, and rotten food in a home.
According to the Daily Mail, Melissa Hamilton, 49, Gregg Nelson, 57, and Susan Nelson, 43, were arrested after police carried out a welfare check on three children aged eight, nine, and ten who lived in the home. Edgewater police found a dead guinea pig, animal feces and urine and rotten food among the 245 animals who lived under the disgusting conditions.
‘Upon arrival, officers not only located the three children but also 245 animals of various species housed on the property. It was immediately evident neither the children, nor the animals were being cared for properly. The residence was in deplorable living conditions.’
The animals listed in the home were four dogs, two cats, four hamsters, seven bearded dragons, 12 rabbits, 14 birds, 10 sugar gliders, 95 mice, 60 rats and their 23 babies along with nine guinea pigs.
The Edgewater Police Department shared on their Facebook page various photos of the cages used to contain the animals and videos of malnourished animals.
The animals were transported to the Edgewater Animal Shelter and the children were placed in protective custody. Each adult faces three counts of child abuse and 66 counts of animal cruelty.
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