Bedridden Florida woman, several animals found living in poverty; guard arrested
A bedridden woman, 67, and more than a dozen animals were rescued Thursday after a welfare check revealed they lived in a house filled with garbage, urine and feces, Florida the police said.
Pinellas County Sheriff MPs said when they arrived at the Dunedin house at around 7.20 p.m. Thursday, they could smell the rotten garbage and animal feces as they made their way to the driveway.
“Inside the residence, the smell of feces and urine was so overwhelming that deputies had to put on masks,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
Walking through the residence, MPs found 10 emaciated dogs and puppies living in bins filled with their own droppings, five large free-flying Macaw birds, rats, insects and general misery.
The deputies said that due to the large amounts of garbage in the house, they had to make their way to reach the victim’s bedroom.
“None of the toilets in the house were functioning and all were found to be overflowing with excrement,” MPs said. “The only working sink was located opposite the house from the victim’s bedroom. “
They said there was no food or water for the victim or the animals.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, while the animals were taken to shelters.
The woman’s guardian, Richard Lawrence Goodwin, 65, was arrested and charged with elder abuse and neglect, a disabled person and animal cruelty.
The Sheriff’s Department said this was Goodwin’s second arrest for abuse and neglect of the same victim. He had already been arrested in May 2018.
Neighbor Victoria Muenzerbeer told FOX 13 that Goodwin and the victim were hoarders and the conditions inside the house were horrendous years ago when she once surrendered.
“I walked in and it was absolutely, a human couldn’t live there,” she said. “The kitchen was not usable and part of the wall was collapsing.