UPDATE: Three children and 17 animals rescued from LaFayette home, owner charged

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A woman is facing child endangerment charges and animal cruelty charges after three children and 17 animals were rescued from her LaFayette home on Tuesday. 

According to CNY SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigator William Pulaski, 17 animals-- including dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, a guinea pig, and other small animals were taken from a home on Route 11. 

Onondaga County sheriff's deputies were called to 3384 Route 11 after National Grid employees conducted a service call in the area discovered two deceased animals
in cages that were located in the front lawn.

Deputies later found that the occupants of the home, including three children, living in deplorable conditions.

Investigators say the home's interior was littered with animal feces and infested with fleas, ticks and other insects.

Melissa Spencer is charged is with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

SPCA officials also charged Spencer with animal cruelty.

Spencer was released on an appearance ticket and is expected to appear in the Town of Lafayette Court on Oct. 25.

The house was deemed unfit for occupancy.

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