James Brown (Source: Bullhead City Police Department)
Sherri Brown (Source: Bullhead City Police Department)
Edward Brown (Source: Bullhead City Police Department)
Trista Parrott (Source: Bullhead City Police Department)
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ (CBS5) -
Several Arizona family members face child and animal neglect charges after a search warrant revealed a house full of 22 dogs and five children who were not allowed to go outside for several months.
Bullhead City police noted there was an overwhelming smell of urine and feces when they served the warrant Tuesday afternoon at the home in the 4100 block of Bueno Road.
Officers were notified of the situation by Child Protective Services who reported there were children living in filthy conditions with almost two dozen dogs inside.
When police entered the home, they said there were cockroaches all over and the floors were covered in feces and trash.
CPS took custody of five children, ages 5, 6, 7, 9, 10. There were locks on the refrigerator and food cabinets so the youngsters couldn't access them, officers said.
Animal Control officers located two extremely weak and thin Labradors in the garage with no signs of food or water. Police said the Labradors belonged to one of the residents, James Andrew Brown, 26. He was cited for maintenance of animal premises, animal cruelty and neglect and license required.
His sister, Sherri Lynn Brown, 50, owned 20 Dachshunds that lived inside the residence. She was cited for licensed required, violation of pet limitation (a maximum of three dogs are allowed within city limits) and maintenance of animal premises.
Edward Andrew Brown, 57, Sherri Brown's husband, was arrested for disorderly conduct after he was disruptive and yelled profanities at officers, police said. He was taken to the Mohave County District II Substation Jail.
The Browns, along with Trista Fay Parrott, 29, Sherri Brown's daughter, also face charges of child neglect and delinquency of a child. Additional charges may be pending.
All 22 dogs were removed and signed over to Animal Control. The Labradors are scheduled to be seen by a veterinarian. The Dachshunds will be put up for adoption once they are healthy.
Bullhead City Code Enforcement also responded to the scene and declared the residence as unsafe and uninhabitable. The Health Department was contacted for further investigation.
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