Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Press: Child, 139 Animals Rescued From Idaho Home With No Power, Water

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

North Idaho law enforcement removed so many animals from an Athol home Jan. 17 that they had to be housed at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that an 8-year-old girl was taken into protective custody and 139 animals were seized from an East Pend Oreille Divide Road Home after law enforcement received an anonymous tip that the home had no running water, electricity or functioning sewer system. The home was filled with animal feces, rotting food and garbage.

In all, Kootenai County Sheriff's officers seized 83 rabbits, 38 guinea pigs, nine goats, four miniature horses, three chickens, a horse and a goose.

"It's kind of like the fair arrived a little early," Dane Dugan, Kootenai County Fair general manager, told the Press.

Most of the animals had been confined in pens and cages with no water, but appeared to be in good condition.

Deputies said they are seeking child injury charges against the parents. Officials haven't said what will happen to the animals.

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