MANSFIELD, Ohio — Police had to become urban cowboys to wrangle pigs and other animals from a home in Mansfield.
Officers were making a well-being check Friday on children in the home in response to a tip. Officer Sarah Mosier Napier says they found "deplorable" conditions, with a variety of animals.
She told FOX 8's Matt Wright the conditions were among the worst she's seen.
"When I open the back door, what I think is the back door, I open a door into the pigs.. 'What's your reaction?' Oh my God, first of all it scared me to death," she said.
With help from the Humane Society of Richland County, authorities removed two pot-bellied pigs, five snakes, a dog and a lizard. Police say mice scampered across the floors.
Authorities placed children ages 1, 3 and 17 years with relatives and charged three adults at the home with child endangering.
Officer Heath Underwood said wrestling a pig was a first for him. Sweating, he said he would skip his workout.
The future of the animals may be decided in court. The pigs are being cared for at a foster farm with a veterinarian set to check all the animals soon.
Editor's note: This story was updated with more information From FOX 8's Matt Wright on Monday, Feb. 20.