16 dogs and 3 cats were removed from a home in Egg Harbor City this week.

Egg Harbor City Police say an investigation by the city's Humane Law Enforcement Officer, Detective Rich Brown, led to the action. Daniel L. Phillips, 69, was charged with 19 counts of Inflicting Cruelty by Leaving an Animal in Inhumane Conditions.

Police say, "Phillips is facing Municipal Ordinance charges for failure to register animals and pen/enclosure size violations. All of the animals were safely removed and transported to the Atlantic County Animal Shelter in Pleasantville."

The charges against Phillips had to do with "conditions of inadequate ventilation, exposure to natural or artificial light according to a regular cycle of day and night, sufficient space to turn, sit or lie down as well as minimizing exposure to waste."

Police say the home is in the 400 block of Philadelphia Avenue.

SOURCE: Egg Harbor City Police