Woman arrested after cops found bugs, 300 loose rodents, and a baby in her home

Florida woman arrested after cops found bugs, feces, waste, 300 loose rodents, and a baby in her home.

A Florida woman has been arrested after police said they found a child and multiple animals living in squalid conditions that included feces, bugs, and garbage.

Police in Citrus County, Fla., said they responded to an animal cruelty appeal at the home of 38-year-old Shannon Marie Morgan on Wednesday, according to WTVT-TV.

When authorities from the Citrus County sheriff's office arrived on the scene, they were overwhelmed by the smell of ammonia inside the home and found several cages and glass aquariums housing snakes and rodents along with rats and cats had been loose, running around the house.

Authorities say the animals were deprived of necessities, and feces and urine in the house and cages caused cockroaches and other vermin infestations.

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In addition to the filth from the animals, authorities say that litter, dirty dishes, and spoiled food were strewn throughout the house, attracting many insects.

In one bedroom, police officers found a ferret and a dog in cages too small for the animals and found a young child in another bedroom surrounded by bug-infested garbage on the floor and bedding.

Nearly 300 animals were removed from the "noxious" weed-infested New York home; the Pet owner was arrested.

Investigators say they found blood on one bedroom floor from a cat eating a rat.

Authorities said more than 50 rats were found inside cages, with about 300 roaming freely.

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Seven cats, a dog, and a ferret were removed from the house, which was secured to facilitate the removal of the remaining animals.

Morgan was arrested on 12 counts of animal cruelty and one count of child neglect on a total bail of $26,000.

"Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated," Sheriff Mike Prendergast said of the incident. "The housing conditions and the animals, in this case, were so poor, the Sheriff's Office staff were warned about the entry. Neither children nor animals should tolerate such a type of environment. It is of the utmost importance that our citizens report any possible signs of child or animal neglect." Animal control staff, deputies, and crime scene specialists did a fantastic job."

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