House of Horrors

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM EDT

Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) - Authorities describe the conditions of a house and barn on Goodrich Road in Clarence as something out of a horror film. Sheriff's Deputies and Clarence Animal Control Officers discovered a house and barn full of neglected animals and four children.

Amie Burkley, 36, and Matthew Burkley, 37, and their four children live at the home. Authorities executed a search warrant of the property after they got a tip that horses had died in the barn weeks earlier.

In the barn, officials found 14 mal-nourished horses, three llamas, and a number of cows, pigs, goats and chickens. They said what they saw in the house was even more shocking.

"Six dogs, a couple cats, a tortoise, a couple birds and some rabbits, prairie dogs, guinea pigs. Numerous chickens, numerous fowl were found and geese," Animal Control Officer Jerry Schuler said.

They said there were feces in some area of the house piled up a foot high. A number of dogs had to be euthanized because of their health and many of the horses may have to put down. Veterinarians describe the animals as "skeleton-like".

The house has been deemed unlivable by the building inspector. The children are now living with family members. Their parents are expected in court on many serious charges, Thursday.