10/02/2012 07:53 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2012

Animal Hoarding In Santa Ana: 23 Cats, 8 Kids Found In Urine-Soaked Home (VIDEO)

Officials essentially walked into a zoo of a home in Southern California Tuesday.

Responding to a complaint about a foul smell, Animal Control arrived to a Santa Ana home covered in urine and feces that was home to 23 cats, eight kids, one dog and an African grey parrot, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Authorities said that the smell of ammonia was so strong that they called in a hazmat team, KTLA reports. The stench was exacerbated by the Southland's triple-digit heat.

Child Protective Services officials went to the schools of the children, aged two to 17, to check if they have respiratory problems, fleas or other health issues, ABC reports. The animals were taken to a shelter to be cared for.

Other animal hoarding cases include 150 cats found in a house in Wyoming in 2010 and more than 500 rabbits found in a house in Canada earlier this year.