Police needed hazmat suits responding to foul odor

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – An odor complaint call from a neighbor led police today to a Santa Ana home where investigators donned hazardous materials suits before entering the dwelling, where two adults and eight children were living in filth alongside at least 16 pets, a corporal said.

A neighbor called animal services about 9 a.m., complaining of a strong odor from the two-bedroom house in the 1500 block of West Sixth Street, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “They couldn’t open the door, the smell was so bad,” he said.

Police used respirators and hazmat suits to go inside, where eight children 2-17 years old live, including a pregnant 16-year-old, Bertagna said. Police went to check on the welfare of the school-aged children, who were in class when police gained access to the house, Bertagna said.

So far, police have rounded up more than 20 cats, a dog and a parrot, Bertagna said. “One bedroom with several beds was full of feces and urine, cats, a parrot and a dog.”

One teenage boy living in the house told KCAL9 that he didn’t understand why police were there. “It’s just that I don’t think it should be that much of an issue,” he said.

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