Police Arrest Family On Account of House Smelling Strongly of Feces

When I was in 8th grade, a classmate of mine – a girl constantly the butt of “smelling like shit” jokes – was sent home from school one day for smelling bad.

Almost four years later, in early August of this year, the police showed up at her house in Solon, Ohio, responding to a call from a neighbor who had complained of a stench emanating from the house’s general direction. The neighbor had told the police that her family had been away on vacation.

The police approached the house equipped with respirators and specialized clothing provided by the fire department. As they drew near, they reported strong smells of urine, feces and ammonia. When they entered the yard, fleas actually began to attack them. This is where my former classmate lived with both her parents and two siblings.

When the police inspected the perimeter of the house, they saw dogs sitting on tables through the windows. They called the family and were given permission to enter the house via the garage door code.

Inside my classmate’s home, via Cleveland.com

Inside, the police found 25 puppies and dogs, 8 cats, 3 birds, 2 guinea pigs and a rabbit. Several of the animals were dead. “Every room in the house from the second floor bedrooms to the basement had animal feces on the floor and on the furniture…The second floor master bedroom had a few inches of dog feces packed down on the floor,” patrolman Brad Lender reported. All the windows were closed, and because the air conditioning was turned off, it was around ninety degrees. In the living room, there was a kiddy-pool filled with brown water, which the family apparently put there for the animals to drink from. Of the case, the Solon city prosecutor said, “This is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

The family had left for vacation on August 2, 2010. When they returned, the parents were charged with 39 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and 2 misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

All the animals were taken into official custody. Disturbingly, all but a parakeet were euthanized [??]. Child services were put in control of the kids, one of which is the girl I went to school with.

I had a biology class with her last year. Every day I entered that class, I smelled something like poop and piss and puke permeating the entire room. Someone had tried to explain to me once that it was just that the girl was allergic to soap. I remember saying things like “No, but that doesn’t smell like body odor. That smells like throw up.”

From what I can remember, no one ever seemed care why she smelled like decaying bodies. And after the police raid had made the news, I heard a few students mention it noncommittally in passing. But that was it. TC mark

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  • drew

    “Life seems bleak”?

  • Josephcount

    Jesus Christ… The things people do these days…

  • http://twitter.com/MissKimball misskimball

    the parents should be euthanized. motherfuckers.

  • Matthewwindsem

    Fucking hate shit like this!

  • ToddFromOhio


  • http://steveroggenbuck.com steve roggenbuck

    jesus, 'disturbingly' is right bro

  • http://youtubedotcom.tumblr.com/ marshall

    jesus christ



    fucking bullshit

    fucking disgusting

    fuck the human race

    fucking living in filth

    fucking filth

    fucking kill them all


    fucking kill everyone

  • http://www.thebluebookcase.blogspot.com Ingrid

    hm, the family was charged with animal cruelty, so the animals were taken away … and euthanized. what.

    • http://youtubedotcom.tumblr.com/ marshall

      why didn't they euthanize the children

    • Todd

      “Death is better than life.” – Thought Catalog's slogan

    • from solon

      they all had diseases (skin, respiratory, digestive, etc.) that were too advanced to be made better for an even tolerable existence. most of them were starving… believe me, the shelters did not want to do it, but the vets determined it was the only humane choice, sadly.

  • Brandon Scott Gorrell

    seems bleak

  • Rachel Z

    sometimes i hear about this kind of stuff and i feel overcome with nausea and fear that there are people who are this fucked up

    i just don't understand………………………………………..

  • http://twitter.com/WellReadWife The Well-Read Wife

    Very sad for the children and animals that had to endure that…

    • http://twitter.com/WellReadWife The Well-Read Wife

      Found myself thinking about this again today. It seems like a study in apathy.

  • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

    keep thinking about some version of this as the beginning of a novel about bleak-ass people titled “bleak-ass people” or maybe “pilgrim at tinker bleak”… could also be a movie called “my big fat bleak wedding”…

  • http://tumorabortions.tumblr.com/ TumorAttitude

    I feel like these kids are going to grow up and be really chill and smoke cigarettes and learn to shower and groom normally and go to parties and sit against the walls and when someone asks them about their childhood, they will say something very vague and then when pressed further, they will talk about the shit and the dogs and the fucked-upness of their lives with a casual smirk, just very fucking cool.
    Or maybe not.

    My best childhood friend’s house was like this. She’s 16 now with a baby and kind of cool but not really.

  • guest

    Fake story is obviously fake.

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