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3 kids, 245 animals living in 'deplorable' conditions removed from Florida home

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 03:12:38-04

EDGEWATER, Fla. — Three kids and 245 animals were removed from a Florida home after being found in "deplorable" living conditions.

On Sunday, Edgewater Police Officers were dispatched to 2721 Royal Palm Dr. regarding a well-being check of three kids.

When officers arrived, they located not only the children, but also 245 animals of various species housed on the property. It was immediately evident to them that neither the kids nor animals were properly being cared for.

Officers observed a dead guinea pig in a cage, rotting food, animal feces and urine throughout the home.

Melissa Hamilton, Greg Nelson and Susan Nelson will be charged with three counts of child abuse and 66 counts of animal cruelty in the case.

The kids, ages 8-10, were removed from the home by the Department of Children and Families and placed with a responsible family member.

The animals were removed from the property and brought to Edgewater Animal Shelter.

The animals surrendered include:

Dogs: 4
Cats: 2
Guinea Pigs: 9 plus 1 deceased
Rabbits: 12
Hamsters: 4
Sugar Gliders: 10
Birds: 14
Gecko: 1
Tortoise: 1
Hedge Hog: 1
Bearded Dragons: 7
Leopard Spotted Gecko: 1
Mice: 95
Rats: 60 adults 23 babies

Police say the shelter is in need of donations, which can be dropped off at 605 Mango Tree Dr. in Edgewater. The police department is also accepting donations for the children. This can include clothing, toys or monetary donations. Those can be donated at the Edgewater Police Dept.