December 05, 2010

David Lanning Raised His Kids In A 17-Cat Litter Box

Las Cruces, New Mexico (The Weekly Vice) - David M. Lanning, a 27-year-old Las Cruces man was jailed Thursday after he allegedly raised his family in a virtual litter box.

According to Las Cruces police, a home littered from wall to wall with pet feces and urine was discovered by a New Mexico social worker who then notified police.

Investigators say when police entered the home, they found the entire floor covered with urine and feces resulting from 17 cats and 4 dogs who lived with the family. The odor from the filth was so strong, it reportedly caused breathing disorders for the whole family. Authorities deemed the home a health hazard.

It is believed that the children were also forced to go to school several times with feces-stained clothes. Lanning admitted to having anger management issues and a drug problem, police said.

"From my understanding, the animal feces was never picked up really," Dan Trujillo, spokesperson for the Las Cruces Police Department, said. "The animals were left to urinate and to conduct their business in the home. The waste was never collected, was never picked up."

Lanning was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and charged with one count of negligent child abuse. His bond was set at $10,000.

Mrs. Lanning was not apprehended. She is believed to be a victim in the case. She and the children were relocated. Animal control officers took possession of the pets.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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