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Couple Bound For California Arrested For Stowing 18 Cats, 5 Children In Moving Truck

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640An East Coast couple bound for San Bernardino were arrested when police discovered that their five children and 18 cats were riding in the back of their moving truck on the cross-country journey.

A relative of the couple's called in police with a tip, and Indiana state troopers tracked them down around 10 pm last night, according to CBS Los Angeles. Five children ranging in age from 9 to 18 years old were found in the unheated back of the truck along with the 18 cats and all of the family's belongings.

David Detzen, 41, and Rebecca Detzen, 40, of Fairmount City, Pennsylvania were arrested and charged with four counts of neglect, which is a felony. The cats were turned over to animal control and the four minors were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.

The couple was moving the family and cats to San Bernandino for a new job opportunity.