LAURENS — Laurens County deputies say they have charged a woman and her two daughters with animal cruelty after finding more than 80 dead animals in their home and on their property.

Investigators say they found dead dogs, cats, birds and a baby deer. Authorities say some of the carcasses were stored in a refrigerator and freezer, but others were found rotting on the ground.

Deputies say the dead animals were found as officers came to evict the women from the home in Laurens.

One of the women arrested, 33-year-old Amanda Keith, told WSPA-TV that the animals were like family and the women didn’t want to leave them behind. She says there were just 20 dead animals and most were kept in the freezer until power was cut to the house.