YUCCA VALLEY (CBSLA) – Authorities have taken custody of three young siblings who were found living in squalor-like conditions with their father at a home in the San Bernardino County community of Yucca Valley.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies conducting a welfare check at the home Wednesday in the 58000 block of Carlyle Drive came upon a father and his children residing with eight dogs, two ferrets and “an overwhelming amount” of animal feces.

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The home also had minimal food and posed serious safety threats to the children, the sheriff’s department said.

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An 8-year-old boy, his 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were taken into the custody of county Children and Family Services.

Their father, 33-year-old William Lionel Pincott, was arrested on a felony charge of child abuse and neglect. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

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Yucca Valley Animal Control seized all the animals from the home.