Charges filed after five children, 20 dogs found living in filthy Blanchester home

Child endangering and cruelty to animals charges filed after 11 people, 20 dogs found in Blanchester home (BPD)

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (WKRC) - Five people face charges after five children and 20 dogs were found in filthy conditions at a home in Blanchester.

Police say they were originally called to the home on SR 123 on March 29 after Chad Graves told them he was bitten by a dog while visiting a friend there. Graves told investigators that a number of dogs lived at the home.

The next day, two officers went to the home to investigate. They found 11 people from three generations of two families living in the home. That included the five children ranging in age from 8 to 17.

Police say the home was covered in filth and there was a "noxious" odor. The officers say there weren't enough places to sleep for the children. Some of them were sleeping on chairs. Police say Clinton County Children Services has an open case involving three of the children.

The officers initially found 19 dogs in the home but no dog food. They found a lot of dog feces and urine throughout the home. The dog warden was called to seize the dogs. Before the dog warden left, the children told them of another dog kept in a plastic tote covered with household items. The dog warden took that dog as well.

Rodney and Angelia Allen face three counts of endangering children for their three children. Angelia Allen also faces three counts of cruelty to animals for her seven dogs inside the home.

Sheila McNichols and Larry Michael faces two counts of endangering children for their two kids.

Vickie McNichols faces three counts of cruelty to animals for her 13 dogs in the home.

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