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Two kids, 15 pit bulls living in feces-ridden Polk City home

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POLK CITY, FL (WFLA) - Polk deputies responded to a Polk City home on a domestic violence call only to find a filthy home with two children and 15 dogs inside.

Deputies say they arrived at 5653 Viburnum Ct. Tuesday looking for 28-year-old Dustin Deck after 27-year-old Katie Renner accused him of domestic violence earlier in the day at a gas station.

Deputies found deplorable conditions in the home. Seven adult pit bulls and 8 pit bulls puppies were inside and outside the home where a one-year-old and 5-year-old also lived.

There were dog feces in the living room next to children's toys, urine stained carpet, dirty dishes with rotting food, flies, and cockroaches, stale food on the baby’s highchair, marijuana and smoking pipe sitting out, dead flies and cockroaches in a child’s room, dirty laundry on the floors, cluttered conditions, damaged walls, and dirty carpets, walls, and bathrooms.

According to the affidavit, the odor inside the residence was overwhelming with dog feces, urine, and rotten food.

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Deputies say Renner told them she believed the conditions were appropriate and her kids were happy. She said she believed marijuana should be legal and "if people don't like the home, don't come over," the affidavit states.

Two dogs were found locked in kennels in direct sunlight outdoors - the temperature at the time was 91 degrees with a heat index of 101 degrees. There was no access to fresh or clean water for the dogs, deputies say, and there was dirty water in a plastic bucket lined with green algae.

The children were placed in custody of DCF, and the dogs were removed by animal control.

“It is one thing if you want to sit around, smoke pot, and live in nasty conditions as an adult. But it is an entirely different thing if you do those things while neglecting the basic needs of children and animals under your care. These two are in jail where they belong,”  said Sheriff Grady Judd.

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Deck is charged with two counts of child neglect, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic violence battery, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Renner is charged with two counts of child neglect, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, 15 counts of animal cruelty, battery on a law enforcement officer, and tampering with evidence.

Deck’s criminal history includes 12 arrests including two prison incarcerations, 9 felonies and 12 misdemeanors. Renner’s criminal history includes five arrests including five felonies and 9 misdemeanors.

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