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Child, 139 Animals Taken From Home

A goat pokes its head through a fence Tuesday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds where about a dozen goats, along with 129 other animals, are being kept after being confiscated Friday from a residence near Athol. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)

An 8-year-old girl and 139 animals were removed by sheriff's deputies from a home in Athol last week. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip Jan. 14 that the girl was living in a home located on East Pend Oreille Divide Road with no running water or electricity. When deputies arrived, they found that the home did not have any sewer or functioning septic system. According to a press release, the home was filled with animal feces, rotting food and garbage. The child was taken into protective custody and deputies are seeking child injury charges against the parents/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


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