A woman has been arrested in Florida after authorities found three dead dogs in her freezer.
While checking the home of the woman and her small child, sheriff’s deputies also saw heaps of trash inside and were overwhelmed by the odour of urine and feces.
The deputies' lower pant legs were covered in fleas when they entered the home.
Authorities said a five-year-old girl living in the home sat on a couch crawling with cockroaches, according to the Associated Press. She directed the deputies to the dogs in the freezer.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that 35-year-old Victoria Kanger was arrested and charged with child neglect.
Ms Kanger told authorities she froze the dogs because she didn't have a shovel to bury them.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Central Florida, officials began investigating Ms Kanger after receiving a tip in October that she had been neglecting her children, ages 5 and 14, the Miami Herald reported. Both kids are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
“It is disgusting, non-livable for a 5-year-old (girl). I mean, there's poop all over the floor, there's piles of clothes, there's roaches. She's had lice for the past eight months,” a tipster told police during a 911 call.