Police say they arrested a Delaware couple for letting their 12-year-old son live in a “deplorable” home overrun with farm animals and covered in feces.
Edward Kelsch, 48, and Sandra Kelsch, 49, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child after authorities pulled the boy from the family’s home on Friday.
Police said a “pungent odor of urine” made it difficult to breathe when they entered the house, there to assist officers from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to a news release from the New Castle County Police Department.
Officers say dozens of animals were roaming the home, and the carpets and walls were saturated with feces and urine. Flies swarmed the residence — even inside the refrigerator.
Local SPCA agents took away 19 dogs, five cats, two rabbits, three quail, nine chickens and one duck, Maj. Brian Whipple told DelawareOnline.com.
Officers say flies were everywhere in the home, including inside the refrigerator in the kitchen. Ten cats agents couldn’t catch were left behind.
Whipple said 28 more dogs were taken from the Pennsylvania side of the residence, as the Kelsch’s property is split between two states.