Pot-bellied pigs, dogs, snakes, children removed from Mansfield home

Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 11:53:23-05

Pot-bellied pigs, dogs, and children were removed from deplorable conditions inside a Mansfield home on Friday, Feb. 17.

The Mansfield Police Department with the help of Richland Cuyahoga Children Services received information that a residence was housing pigs.

Officers asked the owner if he had any pigs in the house to which he responded "no." When officers went outside to check the exterior of the house, they located a thin, medium breed chow mix dog who appeared to be without any food or water.

Once inside the residence, the officers and children services workers saw feces on the floor and mice throughout the house. Inside a cage were two dead rats in the living room.

In an upstairs bedroom, there were five large snakes and another reptile, along with a large, malnourished mastiff. 

While officers were walking through the rest of the house, two pot-bellied pigs were found wallowing in their own feces inside a large closet outside the kitchen.

Three children were removed from the home and sent to live with relatives.

The Humane Society of Richland County removed the animals from the residence.

All three of the offenders were family members. They were charged with a combination of child endangering and cruelty to animals.