Ohio police have arrested a woman and charged her with child cruelty and animal mistreatment after she was found living with her son in a filthy motel room, as reported by Newsweek.
Dezaray Powell, 21, was arrested last week after authorities, on a tip, found the Howard Johnson motel room she was living in with her 3-year-old son and her three Great Danes was absolutely infested with urine and feces.
The hotel room was so bad, according to investigators, that there was three inches of dog waste accumulated on the floor, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Perkins Township Assistant Chief Vince Donald said, noting that city officials were initially forced to retreat due to the strong odor. “Basically they had to back out and gather themselves because of the smell.”
Urine and feces were also found in the bathtub and on the walls. A crew wearing protective clothing had to sanitize the room.
Donald alleged that Powell and her son, along with the three dogs, were living in the hotel room for an entire month, as filth accumulated. The hotel’s owner told investigators that Powell never let him in the room.
“We didn’t know what was going on in the room, because she never let me in the room,” hotel owner Raghbir Virk said.
Additionally, the dogs were allegedly forced to live in the tiny hotel bathroom, becoming decrepit and sick.
“We received information that the dogs were being kept in a very small bathroom and were not able to get out to go to the bathroom,” said Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp.
Knapp has indicated that the dogs are going to be OK, despite becoming malnourished during the experience. They will be placed for adoption once they are nursed to full health. The suspect’s son was placed with a family member.
A court case is scheduled to begin on April 10.
If you wish to help with medical care for the dogs, please contact the animal shelter at 419-627-7607.
[Featured Image: Perkins Township Police]