Editor’s note: This story corrects a previous version that listed charges against a suspect. Charges have not been filed yet. They’re still pending in the case.
NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A 13-month-old child and more than 50 animals were removed from an apartment in Niles on Wednesday.
Officers were called to an apartment at Arms Boulevard in Niles for a complaint that had to be handled with the Animal Welfare League.
Reports said that Animal Welfare League personnel found approximately 20 cats, five dogs, numerous rats, and a snake that was covered in urine, feces, and trash in the apartment.
Animal Welfare League CEO Lori Shandor said some of the animals were signed over to the shelter’s care, while others were seized.
Shandor says investigators were tipped off to the case by someone concerned about the number of animals living there.
Shandor says Children Services was also at the apartment since a child was living there. Officers said that a 13-month-old was found cared for and nurtured. Family members removed the child from the scene.
“Due to the condition of some of the animals as well as the living conditions for all of the animals, our agents did remove all of those animals from that apartment today,” she said.
Children Services are opening a case involving a woman and a child who live in the home, the report stated.