JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after police say they found a dozen dogs living inside his trash and feces-filled home.
A Jonesboro Police officer searched the home in the 400-block of East Johnson for a probation search. That lead the officer to notify JPD’s Animal Control division of several animals living in “unsanitary conditions.”
When investigators entered the home, according to a news release from the police department, they could “see and smell urine and feces all over the home, along with debris, trash, and other items.”
Officers also found 12 dogs, including several that were “sick, ill, malnourished, underweight, and cancerous.”
Animal Control officer Elisha Simpson is now working the case. She says the conditions were terrible for the animals.
“As soon as I got out of my truck, I could smell from inside the home," she says. "You could smell the feces, the urine. You could tell something wasn’t right. The closer I got to the home, the more pungent the smell came.”
She says upon entering the home, there was not one clean area in the home that wasn’t covered in feces and urine, including the dogs.
The animals were taken to Jonesboro Animal Control for treatment.
Police said the home’s owner, Roy Thomas, will be cited with 12 counts of cruelty to animals and 10 counts of lack of rabies vaccination.