20 Kids, 20 Dogs Found in 'Uninhabitable' Home

Five women were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2016 5:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities removed 20 children and 20 dogs—two of them dead—from a house in Victorville, Calif., on Friday while arresting the five adult women who lived there, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to police, the "uninhabitable" house had no gas or electricity. There wasn't enough food for the 20 children and "inadequate" places to sleep. The walls, furniture, and carpet were in "severe disrepair," and an inspection found black mold. None of the dogs had water to drink. The Department of Children and Family Services took the children, ages 2 months to 17 years. The women, ages 22 to 61, were booked on suspicion of child cruelty. Two were additionally booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. (Read more child cruelty stories.)

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