San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Investigators discovered a toddler living in an apparent makeshift zoo with other animals.
An alarm call led to the arrival of San Bernardino County deputies at a home. Authorities found a toddler asleep in a closet, along with several rooms filled with animals including 50 cats.
Authorities responded to an Apple Valley residence in the 13000 block Cuyamaca Road on Saturday.
A number of rooms were turned into homes for hundreds of animals, including reptiles, birds and dogs. Officials said that wood chips were used by the cats to cover the home.
Officials said that the 3-year-old child was found sleeping in a closet and that his bedding had been covered with cat urine.
The child was placed under protective custody. Animal control responded to take care of the animals.
Authorities stated that Jedidiah Sulz, 38, was booked for child cruelty.