"EPD Officers observed a dead guinea pig in a cage, rotting food, animal feces and urine throughout the residence."
Pictures posted on Facebook showed the despicable state of the home, strewn with animal cages and trash, and a children's bedroom covered in droppings.
The children, aged eight, nine and ten, were removed from the residence by the Department of Children and Families and were placed with a responsible family member.
Officers also removed four dogs, two cats, nine guinea pigs (plus one deceased), 12 rabbits, four hamsters, ten sugar gliders, 14 birds, one gecko, one leopard spotted gecko, one tortoise, one hedgehog, seven bearded dragons, 95 mice, and 83 rats (60 adults and 23 babies). All were taken to Edgewater Animal Shelter.