A Clarksville couple was arrested Monday on charges of child abuse and neglect as well as animal cruelty after their children and pets were found living in deplorable conditions.
Daniel and Jessica Thompson, both 33 years old, were booked into the Montgomery County jail on $15,000 bond each.
The arrests came after officers conducted a welfare check at the couple’s Green Valley Court home when they found it was covered in urine and feces.
Their two children, ages 5 and 9, were filthy, barefoot and covered with insect bites.
The Department of Children Services confirmed to News 2 the children were placed in their custody following the arrest of their parents.
Montgomery County Animal Control was also called to the home Monday to investigate animal cruelty.
“It’s shocking to me because I had no idea they were living in those kind of conditions or I would have made a call,” said Rebecca Cross, who lives near the Thompson’s.
She said another neighbor saw a Great Dane with his ribs protruding and called police to do a welfare check.
“The day that everything took place was the first time I saw the Great Dane with the ribs showing and everything and my heart sunk at that moment,” said Cross.
The Great Dane weighed only 58 pounds and bleeding flea bites all over his body.
“I hope they get adopted into a loving home and can be nurtured back,” she continued.
Officials stated that, in total, they seized eight extremely emaciated dogs, five cats, two rabbits, two parakeets, two hamsters, a chicken and a hairless rat.
All of the pets were put up for adoption. As of Thursday, one had already been given a new home.
The cats and dogs can be adopted from the shelter for $87 each, and the other animals will be available through Pet Food Center which is next to Rural King.