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File photo of birds at a pet store, which was one way to describe the home of two women in the St. Louis area who were recently arrested. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of birds at a pet store, which was one way to describe the home of two women in the St. Louis area who were recently arrested. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – It was a normal Wentzville, Mo., home. The residence included two women, five children, 11 dogs, 13 cats, 18 birds, one goat, one rabbit, an army of fleas and rodents, and a few dead cats. Totally normal.

Two women face a litany of charges as a result of an investigation earlier this month that found the residence to be unfit for people and animals alike. Nadine M. Gaspar, 35, and Sheila M. Cleek, 44, were charged Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Police paid a visit to the residence on May 8 after a man who rents a shed on the property filed a complaint. When police arrived, they found the modern-day Noah’s Ark – that is if the ark was neglected. Police indicated that the house had “an overwhelming smell of feces and urine,” including piles of feces littered across the home.

Yet, one of the women tried to deny the animals existed. Gaspar told police she didn’t know anything about the animals, the Post-Dispatch reports. Police said food and water for both animal and human consumption was not properly maintained and sealed to prevent rodents, fleas or other animals from getting to it. Gaspar had five children in the home, ages 6 to 16, according to police.

Gaspar and Cleek have been charged with five felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor count of animal neglect or abandonment. They are each being held on $20,000 bail.

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