Louisiana police officers arrested five people after it was discovered that a young child and 17 dogs were living in filth.
The officers originally arrived at the Thibodaux, Louisiana, home on Oct. 2 to investigate a dog who had nearly bitten a resident and an animal control officer after escaping, according to a news release by the Thibodaux Police Department.
At the home, police found the dog's owner, Austin Leblanc -- but they also found much more than that, WDSU reports.
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Officers found human waste, mold and rotten food in the home. There were also tons of dishes littered around the kitchen as well as trash throughout the entire house.
Dakota Leblanc, 21, and Rachel Ledet, 20, were both cited for child desertion by the Thibodaux Police Department.
Austin, 17, was cited for several counts of animal cruelty, possession of a vicious dog and not vaccinating his pet.
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Ricky Leblanc, 40, was cited for 13 counts of animal cruelty. Ronald Leblanc, 70, was cited for three counts of animal cruelty.
A toddler in the home was removed and put in the Department of Child and Family Services’ custody. The 17 dogs, which are a mix of pit bulls and small terriers, were turned over to Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter.
The owners were given 15 days to improve their living conditions or the animals will become property of the shelter.
Photo Credit: Thibodaux Police Department via Daily Mail