Woman, son may face animal cruelty charges

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Charges remain pending against a Taylor woman and her 19-year-old son after police removed from their home in the 26000 block of Leroy Street, five dogs that had been severely abused and neglected.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said although there were no dead animals found in the house Dec. 9 – in spite of some reports – responding officers had found dogs locked in rooms, one severely wounded, in a house unfit for occupancy.

Several people lived at the 38-year-old woman’s home, including her 19-year-old son who reportedly claimed ownership of the animals.

Police responded to reports of animal abuse, including a video provided by neighbors of a pre-teen girl – one of the woman’s four children – hitting the dogs with a stick in the backyard.

The home was littered with animal feces and what was described as a powerful smell of urine. One of the five dogs had a wounded legs and sores on its body.

The animals were removed from the house and taken to the Taylor Animal Shelter. The woman and her son were taken into custody. Charges by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office remained pending an investigation by Child Protective Services.

A followup visit by police Dec. 10 revealed a cleaner environment, although questions remained with investigators as to the health of the children, in particular the girl reportedly seen on video beating a dog.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)