Authorities have removed two children from a filthy Florida home that had three dead dogs in the freezer.
The mother of the children, 35-year-old Victoria Kanger, was arrested on Dec. 14 and charged with child neglect, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the Daily Mail reports.
In addition to the frozen dogs, the house was covered in feces, fleas, and cockroaches.
After authorities called the state Department of Children and Families, the 5-year-old girl and her 14-year-old sibling were removed from the premises and placed in the custody of other family members.
Deputies who responded to the scene reported getting instantly covered in fleas, finding heaps of trash, two dogs, "numerous cats" whose single litter box was too dirty to be usable, insects swarming on feces on the floor, roaches on food in the refrigerator, and an overwhelming stench.
"In the kitchen, there were piles of soiled dishes and trash. The kitchen had a large number of cockroaches crawling on the floor, counter tops, sink, stove and walls," the affidavit read.
They also noted that neither Kanger or her daughter seemed bothered when roaches crawled on them, and the daughter was unfazed when she stepped in feces with her bare feet.
The roach-covered 5-year-old is the one who led deputies to the dogs in the freezer. The mother said they were frozen because she didn't have a shovel to bury them.
An investigation into the living conditions in the house began in October, when authorities received a tip that Kanger was neglecting her kids, reports WKMG.
"It is disgusting, non-livable for a 5-year-old (girl). I mean, there's poop all over the floor, there's piles of clothes, there's roaches," said a female tipster on a 911 call. "She's had lice for the past eight months."
A family friend told WKMG that the house was in bad shape because Kanger had the flu.
"Anybody's who has been sick, knows you can't get up," she said, arguing that Kanger had done nothing wrong. "It's very tragic, it's unnecessary and it's uncalled for. She needs help. I'm here. Her family is here. I don't even know why she's here right now."
She is being held on a $2,500 bond and was ordered not to have unsupervised visits with the children.
The organization Prevent Child Abuse America defines child neglect as being when "children's basic needs are not adequately met, resulting in actual or potential harm."
It is the most common form of child maltreatment, accounting for approximately two-thirds of reports to child protective services, with 539,322 cases of child neglect reported in the United States in 2008, the most recent date for which statistics are cited.