Authorities in Pennsylvania say children were found living in deplorable conditions before state authorities responded to the home in Upper Oxford this week.
According to WPVI, Cpl. Robert Kirby addressed the disturbing allegations in a news conference on Wednesday.
He said investigators discovered “approximately four inches of sewage in the basement, bugs, maggots, flies, fleas and feces all over the residence.”
Police were reportedly notified of the alleged conditions by a witness who noticed a child playing in the road.
There were also multiple animals of different species, many of which were in various stages of decomposition or very nearly death, as reported by WGAL.
Decomposing animals included multiple dogs and rabbits as well as a pig and a chicken.
Officers reportedly rescued a group of mistreated animals including dogs, cats, snakes, rats, a pig, and a bearded dragon. The living creatures have reportedly been transported to the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
“No child, no adult, no animal should be living in that house,” Kirby said. “That’s how bad it is.”
Among the occupants were reportedly two adults and their four kids — including three juveniles. Two of the children were found with injuries including black eyes, police reports claim.
The kids were reportedly living with relatives and the adults were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Police say possible child abuse charges could be announced upon the conclusion on an ongoing investigation.
[Featured image: WPVI, video screenshot]