Teen, 83 animals removed from filthy Fla. home

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.

DELTONA, Fla. — A fifth grade teacher and her husband face hoarding and child abuse charges after authorities found 71 cats and 12 dogs inside their filthy home.

Volusia County Sheriff's deputies arrested 46-year-old Robyn Harms and 50-year-old Keith Harms Wednesday. The couple's 16-year-old daughter was turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Deputies had to wear masks and protective clothing to rescue the animals. Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said the stench of animal waste was so powerful it was difficult to breathe.

The animals were taken to the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach.

Authorities say Robyn Harms is a teacher at Blue Lake Elementary School in DeLand.

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