Shannon Renee Byars, 27, and Dayton J Levi Harvey, 22, both of Lindale, were arrested this week after reports said they neglected three small children and 27 animals.

Police stated that the children were deprived of “necessary sustenance and clean shelter” which jeopardized their life. 

Officers also said that they found eight dogs, 8 snakes, a turtle, cat, guinea pig, ferret, three chickens and four lizards without food, water or sanitary conditions.

Police added that they found a snake and a lizard dead in the home.  The other animals were allegedly suffering from serious disfigurement.  Three pigs were also found in an enclosure too small for their size.

They were found at a home at 28 Circle Drive in Lindale.

Both are charged with cruelty to children, 27 counts aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts animal cruelty.