Fla. Woman Arrested After Deputies Find Child Living Amongst Animal Feces, Roaches, & Rats

Florida Woman Shannon Marie Morgan, 38, of Beverly Hills, is in the Citrus County jail after deputies found a child living in a home that was filled with animal feces, roaches, and hundreds of rats.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Beverly Hills referencing an animal cruelty complaint.

“Immediately upon entering the residence, Sheriff’s Office personnel were overwhelmed by the pungent smell of ammonia,” the agency wrote on Facebook.

Folks, I have been in several homes referencing this type of call, which isn’t pretty. I can still smell the ammonia.

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Deputies reportedly found several cages and glass aquariums filled with snakes and rodents. The sheriff’s office said rats and cats were also running freely in the home.

“The build-up of fecal matter and urine in the house and cages caused an infestation of flies, roaches, and other bugs. Moving throughout the house, officials were taken aback by the other deplorable conditions such as trash, dirty dishes, and rotten food scattered all throughout the residence, causing more roaches and flies to pervade the area.”

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In one bedroom, deputies found two more cages containing a ferret and a dog. The ferret’s cage was full of urine and feces, and the dog was cramped in a cage that was too small for it. Neither animal had access to food or water.

In a second bedroom used by a juvenile, trash had built up, covering the floor, and the mattress was covered with roaches.

In a third bedroom, deputies found approximately 50 rodents in cages and over 300 other rodents roaming freely.

“Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “The conditions of this residence and the animals in this case were so bad, Sheriff’s Office personnel were cautioned about making entry. Neither children nor animals should ever endure this type of environment.”- Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast

County animal control officers removed seven cats, one dog, and one ferret from the home. The sheriff’s office said the house has been secured for further investigation, including removing the other remaining animals.

Morgan was transported to the Citrus County jail and charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty and 1 count of child neglect. Her bond was set at $26,000.


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