Published: Nov 10, 2010 3:38 AM EST
Updated: Nov 10, 2010 12:38 AM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - 26 year old Holly Boysen is behind bars charged with several counts of animal abuse after investigators say nearly a dozen hamsters and gerbils were left for dead inside her home.

The house which sits on Conway Boulevard off U.S. 41 had trash everywhere.

"Child's toys were amongst all this filth. There were children who were living in the house as well", said Animal Control. 

Investigators say Boysen and her husband also had two dogs and a cat at an apartment in Deep Creek, but the pair reportedly reached out to neighbors to take in the animals after falling on hard times.

Animal Control says the dogs and cats at that house were in good health.

The children have been turned over to the Department of Children and Families.

If convicted, the couple face up to six years in prison.