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4 Children, 15 Dogs, 3 Reptiles Found Living in Squalor in Queens

Police discovered the children and animals after receiving a domestic dispute call

Monday, Oct 14, 2013  |  Updated 1:59 PM EDT
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4 Kids, Boa Constrictors, Dogs Found Living in Squalor in Queens

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Police say four children and more than a dozen pets, including two boa constrictors, were discovered living in squalor at a Queens apartment.

Officers responded to the Richmond Hill apartment on Sunday after receiving a call of a domestic dispute.

They say the children are between the ages of 7 and 11. They were placed in temporary custody of the city's Administration for Children's Services.

Police say 15 dogs, two boa constrictors and a lizard also were found.

A 29-year-old man was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and cruelty to animals. The children's mother was taken in for questioning. 

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