People, animals lived in squalid East Providence home

Officials say people and animals were living in squalid conditions in a home in East Providence. (WJAR)

Several agencies responded Friday to a house in East Providence where officials said people and animals were living in squalid conditions.

The house at 26 Floyd Ave. in Riverside was condemned.

Homeowner Rachel Duarte, 40, was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and simple assault. She was released on personal recognizance.

The state Department of Children, Youth and Families said the agency has had contact with the family before.

"A 17-year-old was living at the home as part of a private living arrangement between her legal guardian and the family who lives at the home. This was not a foster care placement. DCYF was in the process of assessing the appropriateness of this private arrangement and had not yet rendered a decision," a spokeswoman said.

Quattrucci has been working for the city for more than 30 years.

“This is about the worst I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve seen some pretty bad places.”

Neighbor Carly Manchester said she fed one of Duarte’s cats that was often out in the cold.

“I’ve never seen any of the dogs, which is why this is such a shock,” Manchester said.

Police said more charges could be filed.

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