September 30, 2009
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Elkhart, Indiana (The Weekly Vice) - Police discovered a virtual landfill inside a home Tuesday night after neighbors contacted Animal Control officers to investigate an animal welfare complaint.
Do the images above look crazy enough? Well, that's only the beginning.
Along with piles of garbage, which had permeated every room of the residence, investigators discovered something even more shocking. 8 adults, 4 children and at least 45 animals - all residing in the same small house!
"There was eight adults in the house with four children, and what I would call terrible conditions," said Cpl. Dennis Russell of the Elkhart Police Dept. "Feces, cockroaches, carpet saturated with animal urine, and a strong ammonia smell from the house itself.... It's not a livable condition."
Investigators called Child Protective Services, who removed the children from residence and placed them with relatives. Animal control officers caged up and removed dozens of animals who were transported to the Elkhart County Humane Society.
Amy Bachman, who lived in the home with her three children (ages 3, 7, and 10), said the family was trying to care for the animals.
"This is not a puppy mill," said Bachman. "We gave these animals a loving home. These are not just dogs, they are my babies."
Misty Seabolt, who lived inside the home with her 10-year-old daughter agreed with Bachman.
"We've never sold one of these dogs that we've given away to a home. All we asked is that they took care of them. We never sold any of them," said Seabolt.
Three adults were arrested at the scene. Thomas Seabolt (Misty's husband) and Mark Martinez were arrested on outstanding warrants. Gloria Demoss, 52, was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge.
"I'm moving..... I've got until Thursday morning. That's when we go to court to get our children back. And, my first thing is getting a house to take my daughter to, and getting out of here, said Bachman.
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The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Here we have 8 adults raising kids in a trash can, and yet when they get caught, they're yapping about giving dogs a loving home? WTF is up with that?
I'm not sure what's so loving about raising young kids in a stinkhole infested with fleas and cockroaches - but no one should be taking care of 45 animals when they obviously can't even take care of themselves.
My second issue is with the lack of charges. These adults should all be charged with child endangerment or a similar charge. Where are the animal abuse charges?
And why the hell would these people have any expectation of getting their children back, when they haven't proven they can provide a safe environment for these kids?
Indiana is quickly catching up to Florida in it's bid to become the stinking armpit of America. Think not? Have a look for yourself.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 11:30:00 PM