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UPDATE: 8-Year-Old Child, 139 Animals Seized From Athol Home

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old child and over one hundred animals have been removed from an Athol home. 

The Sheriff's Office said in a press release sent out Tuesday that they received a tip on January 14th of a child living in unsafe conditions at a home in the 17000 block of East Pend Oreille Divide Road. Lt. Stu Miller said they responded and found the child living in a home with no sewer or septic tank, filled with animal feces, rotting food and garbage. The home also had no running water or electricity. 

The child was taken into protective custody and animal control workers were called in to investigate the condition of the animals. Authorities said they found "a collection of dogs and cats," along with 83 rabbits, 38 guinea pigs, 9 goats, 4 miniature horses, 1 full-sized horse, 3 chickens, and a goose. All of the animals, except the dogs and cats, were in pens or cages with no water, and most were confined with large amounts of feces. 

All of the animals except the dogs and cats were seized and taken to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds for treatment. The press release didn't specify why the dogs and cats were not confiscated. 

The Sheriff's Office did not identify the owners of the home, but did say charges for child abuse and animal abuse are pending against them. 
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