Hoarding hell! Florida caregiver is arrested after bedridden woman, 67, is found in filthy home filled with rats, bugs, trash, urine and feces living with 10 emaciated dogs and five Macaw birds flying freely
- Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a disabled woman’s home Thursday to discover it filled with feces and rotting trash
- They also found 10 emaciated dogs and five Macaw birds inside the property, which was also crawling with rats, cockroaches and spiders
- The bedridden woman had no access to food, and she was rushed to hospital for treatment
- Officers arrested and charged her caregiver, Richard Goodwin, 65, with abuse and neglect
- He was previously charged with neglecting the same woman in May 2018
Richard Goodwin, 65, of Dunedin, Florida, was arrested Thursday and charged with abuse and neglect of the disabled
A Florida caregiver has been arrested for the abuse and neglect of a 67-year-old disabled woman.
Richard Goodwin, 65, of Dunedin, was charged Thursday after sheriff’s deputies arrived at the bedridden woman’s home to discover it filled with rotting trash and feces.
Officers also found 10 emaciated dogs and five Macaw birds flying freely around the residence.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say there were also rats, cockroaches, spiders and black mold throughout the home.
Toilets inside the property were not working, and were reportedly overflowing with urine and feces.
Deputies were forced to don masks when entering the home in order to deal with the overwhelming stench.
The sheriff’s office claims that the bedridden woman, who was a hoarder, did not have access to food, and her rescuers were forced to clear a pathway through mounds of rubbish just to reach her.
She was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Two of the 10 dogs were discovered living in a plastic bin filled with inches of their own feces
The pooches were rescued by the Pinellas County Animals Services
Meanwhile, two of the 10 dogs were discovered living in a plastic bin filled with inches of their own feces.
They were rescued by the Pinellas County Animals Services.
Goodwin was living with the elderly woman at the home, but their relationship to one another has not been disclosed.
He has previously been charged for neglecting the same woman on May 6, 2018.
A court date in relation to that case had been pending for May 1 of this year.
Neighbors told Fox 13 that the pair were hoarders and had been for several years.