- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police say charges are possible after 60 birds and four guinea pigs were removed from a home.

Animal control officers who went to the home in west Wichita Thursday found the animals in the basement and called police and firefighters for help.

Police Lt. Dan East said firefighters had to use breathing apparatus while removing the animals because the smell of waste was so strong.

All the chickens and turkeys had to be euthanized but the guinea pigs were taken to an animal shelter.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pHyRgz ) two adults and five children live in the home. The couple told police they had so many chickens because they like fresh eggs. East says the animals had been living at the home for at least two weeks.

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Information from: KAKE-TV.

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