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Children, dozens of animals seized from Beaufort County home

Children, dozens of animals seized from Beaufort County home

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Police say Jessica McManigle had 40 animals. There were reportedly 36 guinea pigs, two rabbits and two dogs living in unsanitary conditions in the backyard of her home.

"We received a call from Beaufort Animal Control asking us for help," said Kevin Ryan, executive director of Pet Helpers on Folly Road. "They'd had a bust, where 40 animals were collected."

Pet Helpers took in some of the animals, but according to police reports, McManigle was not only cited for three counts of cruelty to animals, but also four counts of child abuse. Police say the children had been living in a minivan in front of the home.

Some of the animals had hair loss, were underweight and had little ones that needed care, but most are doing well.

"All in all, in the grand scheme of things, they seem to be in relatively decent condition," Ryan said.

The children remain in protective custody.

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