Bullhead City, Ariz. -- Four people from Bullhead City, Arizona are under arrest after five children and 22 dogs were found in squalid conditions in a home in the area.
Child Protective Services reported to Bullhead City Police that the children and the dogs were living in filthy conditions in the home. When police responded to the home, the people inside refused to open the door. Police say they heard children and dogs inside the home and saw feces coming out from under the door.
On Tuesday, the police department got a search warrant for the home.
When officers went into the house, they found filthy conditions, including feces and trash covering the floor, an overwhelming smell of urine and feces and cockroaches throughout the house.
There were also locks on the fridge and food cabinets. The children told officers they had not been allowed to leave the house for several months. Police also found that there was no dog feces outside the house, which lead them to believe the dogs were not allowed outside either.
CPS took the children, ages 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, into protective custody.
During the search of the house, officers also found two extremely weak and thin Labrador dogs. The dogs were in the garage, where there was no windows or light, no water and no food.
The four adults, identified as Edward Brown, Sherri Brown, James Brown and Trista Fay Parrott, are all facing numerous charges, including child neglect and delinquency of a child. More charges are pending in this case, according to police.
One of the suspects was cited for animal cruelty and neglect. Another was cited for violating city limits on the number of pets, according to police she had 20 Dachshunds living in the home.
Another suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct after yelling profanities at officers while they conducted their investigation.
The Labradors will be seen by a veterinarian. Once the Dachshunds are deemed to be healthy, they will be put up for adoption.
The Bullhead City Code Enforcement has declared the residence as unsafe and uninhabitable.
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