An Indiana woman dwelling in squalor and charged with animal abuse allegedly informed authorities she couldn’t smell the dead dogs surrounding her as a result of she had COVID-19.
Jennifer Lair, 32, can be accused of maintaining her Brownsburg residence in such “filthy” circumstances that her 8-year-old son “smelled of death” and feces when he was picked up by his father, Fox59 reported.
Authorities began investigating Lair, who has a prolonged historical past of animal abuse, after her son informed baby providers final month that he not needed to reside with her due to how disgusting their residence was.
During the probe, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies mentioned they discovered a dead canine in a cage behind Lair’s automotive, which they may smell from “20 to 30 yards” away.
When requested why she hadn’t already eliminated the dead animal, deputies mentioned Lair allegedly “blamed it on COVID” and mentioned she “could not smell it.”
Lair additionally allegedly admitted to driving her son around within the automotive with the dead canine nonetheless inside.
Authorities executed a search warrant at Lair’s residence and located different dead dogs — together with some that have been rotting — inside and out of doors the property.
One canine was discovered dumped in a trash can, whereas animal feces, urine and blood have been discovered smeared on the flooring and partitions, in accordance to authorities.
Deputies reported the house was in “disgusting condition” and that it “did not appear to be suitable for living — let alone a child.”
Lair wasn’t supposed to have any animals inside her residence due to pending expenses after a neighbor noticed a canine’s paw protruding of a trash bag exterior her residence in July final year.
After her July 2021 arrest, Lair was granted pretrial launch on the situation she didn’t personal any animals.
Lair’s pretrial was launched within the wake of the most recent investigation and she has since been charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent and two counts of animal cruelty.