Palm Bay Couple Arrested for Child Neglect, Animal Cruelty After Police Find 20 Dogs in House

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dogs removed by Brevard County Animal Services

The couple have been identified as 43-year-old Scott Allen Knepp and 45-year-old Michelle Danielle Seekins. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Police have arrested a couple in Palm Bay after uncovering more than 20 dogs inside a home that had children living in deplorable conditions.

The couple have been identified as 43-year-old Scott Allen Knepp and 45-year-old Michelle Danielle Seekins.

Officers from the Palm Bay Police Department, Brevard County Animal Services, and the Department of Children and Families responded to the residence in the northeast section of Palm Bay in reference to complaints of a foul smell coming from the house.

During the investigation, officers found that the family was living in the house with more than 20 dogs.

“The conditions of the house were deplorable with animal waste covering all areas of the house, including the bedrooms and beds of the children living inside,” said Lt. Mike Smith of the Palm Bay Police Department.

“The conditions of the home were determined to be an unhealthy environment for the children and dogs to be living in.”

Knepp and Seekins have both been charged with child neglect and animal cruelty.

The dogs have been removed by Brevard County Animal Services.

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