Sept 27, 2012: Couple accused of animal hoarding charged with child abuse
By Janice Broach
A Fayette County couple charged with hoarding 168 animals is now facing criminal charges.
"I think this is a mental health issue case that boils down to has this been a negative mental health impact on the kids," said William and Rocio Parr's attorney, Mark McDaniel.
A Fayette County judge decided to charge retired Collierville dentist, William Parr and his wife Rocio Parr with aggravated child abuse involving their 12-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter. The couple also have a 19-year-old daughter.
The charges come after investigators got a tip about deplorable living conditions in the couple's Moscow home.
Investigators removed 168 dogs, cats and rodents as well as 25 dead birds from the home September 14 in a raid.
"It's one of the most horrific scenes that any of us had been on," said Veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Dunlap.
Investigators described the house as a house of horrors, filled with feces, urine and other debris and trash. Animals were packed into feces filled cages stacked on top of each other with some too small for the animals to stand up in. Some cages didn't have doors and were blocked in by other cages..." More
Sept 24, 2012: Charges Filed Against Man Hoarding 168 Animals
by Sabrina Hall