A man was arrested for “exploitation” of his elderly mother following a disturbing discovery inside of a house in Dacula, Georgia. According to a release from the Gwinnett County Police Department, authorities were alerted to the situation on November 28 after someone reported that an elderly woman was wandering in the area of Paiute Court. The caller advised the authorities that the woman was living in deplorable conditions at a nearby residence and that there were dogs constantly getting out of the home and running loose in the area.
Officers who responded to the incident discovered that the 76-year-old woman was living in a home with her 52-year-old son, John Soper, and 25 beagle mix dogs and puppies. Responding officers discovered a home that was strewn with trash, urine and feces – according to the incident report, the officers were “overwhelmed” by the foul odor inside of the home. The woman advised the officers that she was frequently left home alone during the day while her son was at work.
The dogs’ owner surrendered custody, and the 25 puppies and dogs who had been living in squalor were transported to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter for evaluation and care. All of the dogs, who are said to be healthy and have wonderful temperaments, are available for adoption.
The elderly woman was taken to a medical center for evaluation and Protective Services is working to find her a permanent residence to live in. Her son was taken to jail – he was eventually charged with Cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older. He has since bonded out of jail. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
According to the release, the dogs removed from the home are being adopted out for $30, which includes: Rabies vaccine, DHPP (distemper/parvo) and Kennel cough vaccinations, microchip, and spay/neuter. Individuals who bring 5 canned goods to the shelter to help area food banks will be allowed to adopt a dog (or puppy) for $20.
The shelter is located at 884 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville. The kennel is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.