BLANCHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Five people are charged with multiple counts of child endangerment and animal cruelty charges after police discovered two families living in deplorable conditions inside a Blanchester home.
The investigation started on March 29 when a person told police that they were bitten by a dog inside a home in the 7400 block of State Route 123.
The next day, police responded to the home and found five children living among urine and feces. Officers also discovered 20 dogs living in poor condition, several emaciated, according to a statement from Blanchester Police.
The home had no dog food and some children did not have beds to sleep in, officers said.
"The inside of the home was covered in filth, emitted a noxious odor and lacked adequate sleeping accommodations for the children, some of whom were sleeping on chairs inside the house," police said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
After multiple interviews, authorities determined that the house is home to 11 people from two families. The families span three generations, including five children ranging from age 8 to 17.
Three of the children living in the home are currently involved in a Clinton County Children Services, officers said.
The Clinton County Dog Warden was called to the scene and removed all the animals from the home. The dog warden found a dog who was kept in a plastic tote, covered with household items, with only the dog's eyes visible.
Police say Rodney and Angelia Allen are charged with three counts of child endangerment based on the living conditions for their three children. Angelina Allen is also facing three counts of animal cruelty for the lack of food and care for her seven dogs.
Sheila McNichols is charged with two counts of child endangerment, Larry Michael faces the same charges for his two children as well, police say.
Vickie McNichols is charged with three counts of animal cruelty for the lack of adequate food and care for her 13 dogs found inside the house.
Police say all of the charges are misdemeanor offenses and will be heard in the Clinton County Municipal Court.