A Gwinnett County man is facing charges after his elderly mother was found wandering the streets of their Dacula neighborhood. When police responded, they discovered deplorable conditions inside the home where 25 Beagle-mixed dogs were also living.
“They smelled feces and urine. There was trash and filth all over the house,” says Cpl. Michele Pihera.
She tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish the woman’s son, 52-year-old John Soper, is charged with cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older. He has since bonded out of the Gwinnett County Jail.
His 76-year-old mother has been placed with Adult Protective Services and was taken to a personal care home in Barrow County.
Sandra Beckford lives a few doors down the street and knew there were dogs at the home. But she had no idea of the conditions inside.
“I always see at least three or four little dogs on the lawn, and they would always chase you when you’re driving. But I didn’t know it was that bad,” she says.
All the dogs were removed from the home and are now up for adoption at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter. They range in age from 7 weeks to 3 years.
The adoption fee is $30 and includes vaccinations, spay or neutering, and a microchip. The fee is reduced to $20 with five canned goods. After Dec. 2, the dogs will be available to rescue groups.