Four Canandaigua residents were charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals after deputies followed up on a report of children and animals living in deplorable conditions.

CANANDAIGUA — 

Vile conditions at a Canandaigua residence — including a deceased cat found at the bottom of a stairway — resulted in criminal charges for four Canandaigua residents.

Twelve cats were seized by the Ontario County Humane Society after they, along with the Ontario County Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services, made a welfare check to follow up on a report of children and animals living in deplorable conditions on May 15.

Dawn Swan, 41, Karen Swan, 65, Darrel Swan, 67, and Jody Ingram, 46, of North Road, were arrested and charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals and failure to provide food and water to an impounded animal.

“Upon arriving the interior of this residence was found to be filled with garbage, flies, and feces was covering the floor,” states a press release from the Ontario County Humane Society sent on Friday, June 7. “The air inside was a horrendous ammonia smell.”

They were arraigned in Canandaigua Town Court and released on their own recognizance. The residence was deemed unsafe and uninhabitable.

Previous charges of endangering the welfare of a child had been filed by the sheriff’s office.

It is unknown if Child Protective Services intervened on behalf of the children inside the house.