Roseville police take 2 kids, 14 dogs from home

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Roseville — An animal welfare check led police to discover youths living in a house so filthy it was deemed uninhabitable.

“There have been several complaints from neighbors about the filth ... outside,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said Friday. “They were complaining about the odor, the dogs weren’t being cared for, water wasn’t being given. We didn’t know about the children. So obviously the investigation took a whole other turn.”

The city’s animal control officer and police went to the home in the 29000 block of Legion on Thursday afternoon; a court order had been issued through 39th District Court.

Roseville authorities removed 14 Dachshunds from the home.

Berlin said the youths, two males ages 11 and 13, were at school when police arrived. They are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

“The home was filled with feces and the smell of urine was so strong that officers had to put on masks on,” Berlin said.

The Dachshunds’ owner and father of the youths may face charges of animal cruelty and neglect and also charges of child endangerment and neglect, which will be handled by CPS.

Charges have yet to be filed, Berlin said.

Berlin said rotting food was found throughout the home and mold and mildew was growing up the walls.

“A 30-year veteran told me it was the worst home he’s ever been in and we have been in some bad homes,” Berlin said. “We red-tagged the home. Nobody will be allowed in.”

All 14 dogs are alive, Berlin said. Nine are in decent condition, the rest are in poor condition. They are being treated at an animal hospital, he said.

Members of Roseville’s Hopeful Heart Rescue assisted once the dogs were removed, police said. The pooches initially were taken to the local Petco for cleaning and examinations, police said.

uwatson@detroitnews.com

(313) 222-2613