Children and animals found living in filthy conditions (video)

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By: Feng Qian 

(Scroll down for video) A New York couple was arrested on charges of abuse after their children and animals were found living in filthy conditions, according to a statement from the New York State Police.

The western New York couple faces charges of child endangerment and animal cruelty after authorities said that they found four children living together with two dozen animals in filthy conditions inside their home.

Authorities discovered the deplorable living conditions during the execution of a search warrant at the couple's barn after receiving a tip from someone who said that he helped bury dead horses on the property.

A pig, rabbits, prairie dogs and turtles were reportedly some of the animals, which were living in the house covered with waste. Llamas, cows and other animals were found living in the barn.

"There was feces in the rooms all over the floor," a sheriff's detective at the scene said.

The house was declared uninhabitable by a building inspector and several dogs had to be euthanized due to poor health, the report said.

"The smell of the house was overwhelming even before police got into the house. Household conditions can be described easily as you can see in a horror story," Jerry Schuler, an animal control officer for the city ​​of Clarence, said.

The children are between 7 and 15 years old.

Amie Burkley, 36, and her husband, Matthew Burkley, 37, were charged with four counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and five counts of animal cruelty, according to the report.

The couple will appear in court at a later date.



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