Melissa Hamilton, 49; Greg Nelson, 57; According to 43 police and Susan Nelson, they face three charges of child abuse and 66 counts of animal cruelty.
According to the prosecution, Greg Nelson is ready to end his affair with his wife, Susan Nelson, and his live-in girlfriend, Hamilton. He wanted to take his three daughters with him, but his wife wouldn't let him.
Greg Nelson requested a wellness check, stating that the residence was not habitable for his children.
When Officer Anthony Binz arrived, Susan Nelson told him that her home was in a mess and that she was in the process of cleaning and refitting the animals, according to the release.
The pungent odor of ammonia attacked Binz's nose as he stood on the alley, according to his account in the charging document.
When the officer entered the home, he saw different species of animals, according to a police report. Some of the animals were caged and sat in their own urine and faeces. Some were without food and water. It seems that all the animals were infected with fleas and some of them had a male.
Binz also found animals that appear to have been dead for some time due to inadequate care and nutrition, according to a police report.
A police video shows a dog inside a cage with a plastic funnel and what looks like a sink above. An officer pans to the left, where a small thin black dog sits on gray material in front of a plastic bin containing cardboard boxes. A bottle of water and soda can be in front of the dog. Walking up the wooden corridor reveals a large garbage can among various forms of garbage while dogs bark in the background. There are two rooms at the end of the corridor that seem to be cluttered.
Police video rotates left as light is lit on a bunk bed without an upper mattress. The floor was not visible because of the accumulated rubbish, which was deep to the ankle, according to a police report.
There was nowhere to walk in the house without stepping on waste or animal waste. The counters and furniture were also covered with waste, according to the charging application, and the flies showered the entire house.
Binz writes that the home is the "absolute worst residence" he was in his five years as an officer because of the "overcoming odor of ammonia [and] harvesting animals" and general living conditions, according to the report his.
He notified the Department of Children and Families, calling for an immediate response. The agency removed the three girls ̵
1; 7-year-old, 9-year-old and 10-year-old – from a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home and sent them to stay with a family member, according to police.
Greg Nelson said he had chest pain and asked for an ambulance. He was later taken to hospital.
Hamilton said she took 17 Xanax pills to end her life, as she believes everything will be taken from her, according to a police report. She was also taken to a local treatment and evaluation facility.
Susan Nelson, who remained at the scene of the accident, signed a consent form that allows employees to enter her home and another form that allows the animals to be taken out. She was not arrested at the time and could withdraw her consent at any time, according to a police report.
By the time the documents were completed, Susan Nelson was transported to the Volusia County Jail without bond. , According to police, Greg Nelson is in the custody of Edgewater and Hamilton is in another establishment because of her suicide attempt. The release will be notified to the law enforcement authorities as there will be a request for detention for her detention.
Community agencies pool time and resources to help children and animals as they recover from conditions that are likely to have lasting physical or psychological effects, experts say.
More animals have died on their way to the Edgewater Animal Shelter, said Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator Rene Sortman. efforts to care for animals.
"None of them are in good condition," she says, noting that all animals exhibit some form of neglect, including dehydration.
Police say the home contains four dogs, two cats, nine live guinea pigs, 12 rabbits, four hamsters, 10 sugar gliders, 14 birds, a gecko, a turtle, a hedgehog, seven bearded dragons, a gecko with leopard spots , 95 mice and 60 adult rats with 23 infants.  "This is a unique case here," Sortman said. "We haven't seen anything like this in a while." However, animal picking is not unique, says Randall Lockwood, a former senior vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Lockwood said that there were cases of harvesting animals in which the total number of animals was close to 1000, but the average case was from 50 to 60 animals.
It is too early to say how long it will take to rehabilitate animals, Sortman said.  Each animal may need a different recovery time, according to Lockwood, who said that dogs perform better when returned from extreme neglect than their cat counterparts, who are more susceptible to death from parasites. Some animals never fully recover.
Why Nelson and Hamilton lived with so many animals is being investigated, according to Edgewater Police Department officials.
Lockwood indicated that the harvesting of animals was recognized as a serious mental illness, listed in the Diagnostic Manual and Statistics for Mental Disorders.
"This is something that is very resistant to treatment," he said, noting that he had seen animal stocks move from country to country throughout his career. "We know that without intervention, without monitors, this is very likely to happen again."