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House of Filth

‘House of Filth’: Two young children removed from home with 31 animals and piles of human waste

by Leigh Egan

Authorities in Hogansville, Georgia, removed two children and 31 animals from a home on Monday that police are calling “deplorable” and a “house of filth.”

Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr, who investigated the home located off of Mountville-Hogansville Road, said that detectives found human waste and trash littered all over the inside and outside of the home. A 2-year-old toddler, a 7-months-old baby, and their parents, Nicholas Luciano, 29, and Zachariah McCoy, 22, were living with 30 cats and dogs, and one potbellied pig.

“It’s just deplorable that children and even adults would be living in an environment like this,” said Harr.

The family was living in a camper in the driveway of the home. When detectives walked into the interior of the home, the smell was so horrific that they had to wear air tanks. They wore protective clothing to avoid contamination.

Harr said that parents didn’t have a valid reason for living in squalor, and didn’t even seem to understand it was an issue.

“They didn’t really have an explanation as to why they were living like this and we have no indication that they ever asked for help and the problem is, at first they didn’t even seem to think there was a problem living in this kind of filth.”

The children were placed in protective custody with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) after both Luciano and McCoy were arrested and charged with child cruelty, animal cruelty, and unlawful dumping. McCoy faces additional charges of deprivation of a minor.

[Feature Photo: Twitter/FOX 5]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.