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CANANDAIGUA — Four people have been charged with animal cruelty following an investigation into what officials called deplorable living conditions.

Charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals, and failure to provide food and water to an impounded animal, were Dawn L. Swan, 41, Darrell R. Swan, 67, Karen M. Swan, 65, and Jody M. Ingram, 46. All were living on North Road in Canandaigua.

Ontario County Humane Society officials said the charges stem from an investigation that started May 15, when they responded to the home to assist Child Protective Services and the sheriff’s office after getting a report of children and animals living in terrible conditions.

All four defendants were previously charged by the sheriff’s office with endangering the welfare of a child.

Humane society officers said the home was filled with garbage, flies and feces, and had what they called a horrendous ammonia smell. Numerous cats were inside that needed medical attention, and a dead cat was found in the basement.

The humane society took 12 cats, which were treated by a veterinarian and are now being cared for at the society’s shelter.

The defendants were arraigned in Canandaigua Town Court and released on their own recognizance. The residence was deemed unsafe and uninhabitable by the town of Canandaigua code enforcement office.

This article originally ran on fltimes.com.

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