LOGANVILLE -- A man with cerebral palsy and two poorly treated dogs were forced to live inside a Loganville home with conditions so bad -- so covered in feces -- that authorities wore hazmat suits to enter, police said.
Leah and Elisha Waller were arrested Thursday and charged with three counts apiece of cruelty to animals. Gwinnett County police said charges are still pending their alleged offenses against Leah's disabled 19-year-old son.
Authorities originally responded to the home at 3668 Range Way at about 10 a.m. Monday after a neighbor called to report "the smell of animal feces that could be smelled all the way to the sidewalk." The responding animal control officer "looked in the windows and stated there were inches of feces lining the floors."
"The grass was tall, yard covered in feces, trash in backyard, and standing water in the driveway and on the side of the house," an incident report said. "A van in the driveway appeared to be where food was stored and contained various food items including mayonnaise. Along with trash and feces, the backyard also contained medical supplies and had an IV bag and IV hanging pole."
There were "sticky fly strips covered in dead flies near the front door and feces paw prints coming out the front door," the report said.
Over the next few days, authorities reportedly made several attempts to meet at the home with Leah Waller, who alternately said she was in Buford and with her son at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Gwinnett County Health Department was able to get an inspection search warrant for the home, police said. What they allegedly found inside was shocking.
Two small dogs -- breeds not disclosed -- were in a playpen and wearing diapers. One had a "crusted over oozing eye" and the other had a broken back. One of the dogs also had an infected anus and a penis that was "rotten off (sic)," police said.
Waller's son, who suffers from cerebral palsy and arrived on scene with his mother and aunt, was also determined to need "further treatment at the hospital."
As of Friday morning, the son remained in the hospital awaiting evaluation from adult protective services. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith didn't have specific information on the man's condition.
Charges to accompany the multiple counts of animal cruelty levied against the Wallers are still pending, Smith said.