ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – Two women may face charges after dozens of animals and several children are removed from a St. Charles County house.
The children were removed due to unsanitary conditions inside the house in the 1700 block of South Service Road in Wentzville where dozens of cats, dogs and possibly a goat were living inside.
Police found the animals without water or food and at least one dead. In addition, two dogs were found in a fenced in area with no food and the cats were locked inside a shed on the property. The owner of the property told News 4 the two suspects are renters.
Eleven dogs, 14 cats, a rabbit, 18 birds and a pygmy goat were taken from the property to a Wentzville veterinarian. The animals’ conditions are unknown at this time. The children have been taken to the Division of Family Services.
The two women were arrested by police, but were later released pending charges. The charges may include 45 counts of animal abuse and five counts of child endangerment.
Warrants in the case could be issued Thursday.