Elderly Couple Found Living in Filth With Animals

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A Spartanburg County couple is in protective custody after police say they were found living in a filthy home filled with animals. Full Story
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ksa

Duluth, GA

#1 Jul 2, 2007
WOW this is so sad...its a wonder they were not seriously sick....please watch out for the elderly in your family...this would never be my grandparents or parents we take good care of them!

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, SC

#2 Jul 2, 2007
It's always so sad when people feel they can't reach out to anyone. I hope both the people and the animals have happy endings.
GGQ

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2007
This IS sad. Their children and grandchildren should be ashamed for letting it get so bad and to have them live in those conditions....no matter how 'close' they are (or not). No reason or excuse for anyone to live that way.
R_ D_Meek_Jr-Loris_ SC

Conway, SC

#7 Jul 2, 2007
Some are too proud to ask for help. Some abuse their family members so badly, in early times, that they drive them away, and then they have no one there for them, when they need it! It isn't always just blatant neglect on the part of the adult children. One can only be rebuffed so much, or abused so much, and eventually they reach a point where they cannot tolerate it. There's often two sides to every story. All we get here is how it was - not why it was.
OH PLEASE

Lexington, SC

#8 Jul 2, 2007
That is just gross!
Captin Over

Aynor, SC

#10 Jul 2, 2007
Why is this the kids fault? The couple may have wanted the animals? If your house smells like a catbox do you think you'll have many visitors? We read of people all the time who have 50 cats in cages stinking up there house. What makes this couple different. Old people can be crazy as young people.
cin

United States

#11 Jul 2, 2007
yea, someone noticed and said something, great job.

“Still me. ”

Since: May 07

Hudson, NY

#12 Jul 2, 2007
What a horrible thing to happen. Did they have any family living near by? If so how could they let them live like that? Was there bad blood between them? There should be an organzation that checks up on the elderly once the hit a certain age it should go into a data base so that they could go onto an automatic check on status base. This would help so another case like this would never happen again.
grandpop

Sumter, SC

#14 Jul 2, 2007
Sometimes in a family unit, there exists a person who wants the solitude or escape from this demanding style of life. If that person rejects help from a parent, brother, or sister, then you can not do but so much to help them. Besides, animals do not require quite as much as humans. Food, friendship, and care. Animals are not as demanding as we are! I see it daily.
military wife

Batesburg, SC

#17 Jul 2, 2007
I think this is ashame, There should be someone who was watching this older couple and noticed they had alot of animals. Sometimes older people feel compelled to help animals instead of themselves.Hopefully all the animals will finnd stable homes and so will the couple a place where all can be properly cared for.
military wife

Batesburg, SC

#18 Jul 2, 2007
Twonkie wrote:
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I'd take a llama or an alligator over children anyday... they grow up into such obnoxious adults...
only if the PARENTS let them grow up to be abnoxious
spike1982

Dayton, OH

#19 Jul 2, 2007
Twonkie wrote:
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Were they old or were they lazy? Inquiring minds want to know.
REALLY FEAKIN' LAZY...that just goes beyond being nuts and to think that there are no other family to speak of. Kinda sounds like Howard Hughes but without money.
Commenter

Columbia, SC

#20 Jul 2, 2007
Twonkie wrote:
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I'd take a llama or an alligator over children anyday... they grow up into such obnoxious adults...
Yes they do... Then they wait around for you to die so they can scavenge like vultures. Thats why I'm not leaving anything but a corpse.
Rambling Man

Columbia, SC

#21 Jul 2, 2007
That's pretty gross! Definitely mental illness and/or drug/alcohol abuse of some type. They couple could not have even gone out in public without smelling to high heaven. Didn't a mail carrier notice something before now? The house will have to be destroyed/burned, but most likely is a mobile home.
THE

Columbia, SC

#26 Jul 2, 2007
If the couple is in protective custody...who are they being protected from? And how did they buy and get food for 2 years or even pay any of their other bills without someone noticing something? Obviously more to this story.
Bill Clasko

Laurens, SC

#28 Jul 2, 2007
The shame is on the relatives as much as anything and I'm sorry about the animals plight, IF indeed they were in "poor condition". Sometimes however, things are NOT as bad as they are made out to be. Sometimes a little urine odor from a litter box is all it takes for some in the government to declare a "disastor" while some of the "official agencies" that handle animal control in this state are in a horrific state of instituitional cruelty.(Fairfield Counties Pound for example).

I'm hoping these people and the animals are okay BUT when it comes to enforcement of laws, many times agencies of enforcement are either hot or cold. Enforcement is too often selective and arbitrary as well.
Bill Clasko

Laurens, SC

#29 Jul 2, 2007
military wife wrote:
I think this is ashame, There should be someone who was watching this older couple and noticed they had alot of animals. Sometimes older people feel compelled to help animals instead of themselves.Hopefully all the animals will finnd stable homes and so will the couple a place where all can be properly cared for.
Be careful that this case isn't used by those who want to limit EVERYTHING/RUN your lives. Columbia passed an ordinance saying you weren't allowed to have more than 2 dogs UNLESS you bought a kennel permit. IF you paid the money and put in a separate sewer tap, everything was okay. This wasn't targeted at someone that couldn't take care of 100 dogs it was aimed at the PRIVATE foster homes that might keep one or two extra pets from a NON-city run shelter in a fostering situation. The Columbia Pound would start coming around demanding license fees OR get fined even if you were only going to keep a homeless pet for a week. People starting hiding them. And now that we mention licensing, IF you had a show dog, that you competed several times a year, you didn't have to buy a license at ALL!.

Be careful anytime the government makes a decision concerning personal welfare.
Hillary Clinton

Columbia, SC

#31 Jul 2, 2007
military wife wrote:
I think this is ashame, There should be someone who was watching this older couple and noticed they had alot of animals. Sometimes older people feel compelled to help animals instead of themselves.Hopefully all the animals will finnd stable homes and so will the couple a place where all can be properly cared for.
You are correct!!!!!

If I am elected Prez. I plan on setting up a task force to get to the bottom of this issue. I will spare no expense of the tax payers money to........{{F-L-I-P----F-L-O-P -P-I-N-G------}}}I never said I would support any task force to get to bottom of any problem.

I just want to raise your taxes and give Bill more interns to play with so he will leave me and Rosie alone...
Angela

Swansea, SC

#32 Jul 2, 2007
they may not have any family.that why people of the churches should try to see abut people in thier area
Muzie

United States

#34 Jul 3, 2007
R_ D_Meek_Jr-Loris_ SC wrote:
Some are too proud to ask for help. Some abuse their family members so badly, in early times, that they drive them away, and then they have no one there for them, when they need it! It isn't always just blatant neglect on the part of the adult children. One can only be rebuffed so much, or abused so much, and eventually they reach a point where they cannot tolerate it. There's often two sides to every story. All we get here is how it was - not why it was.
This works both ways you know? Sometimes our children can be so mean and irresponsible that we don't want to know them. Sometimes the button pushing little monsters can go too far.

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