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CITRUS COUNTY, Florida (TodayNews) — Two children and 13 animals who lived in appalling conditions at a Beverly Hills home were rescued Wednesday, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said police had responded to a complaint about a house with trash and debris outside.
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Upon arrival, they met residents Michael Howey, 36, and Brenda Howey, 37, who told authorities they lived in the home with two children, 10 dogs and three cats.
When the deputies entered the residence, they were greeted by a strong smell of ammonia and various objects scattered across the floor. According to the report, a search of the house resulted in the discovery of feces in several places, including dried feces in the laundry room.
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The deputies said the children had feces stuck to the soles of their feet and between their toes.
During the passage, the deputies slipped on the urine and fell to the floor. The affidavit stated that the house had not been cleaned for a long time and there was garbage everywhere.
“It makes me sick that there are so many irresponsible people around who do not provide a safe living environment for their children or pets,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “No human or animal should live in disgusting conditions like this one, and thanks to the excellent teamwork of our Animal Control and Code Enforcement department, these victims will no longer be subjected to such a disparaging environment.”
Two children were taken out of the house and are with family friends. The animals were taken to the Citrus County Animal Shelter.
Michael and Brenda Howey were arrested on 13 counts of animal cruelty. Each of them is under bail of $13,000.