A couple was arrested on a felony child endangering charge after Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies found 15 dogs
inside a home covered in animal feces Saturday, March 20.
Neighbors in the 2100 block of Claggett Drive called deputies and reported a foul smell with a possible dead body inside, Maj. Dave Hale said. Deputies arrived at the home about 11 a.m. and found numerous animals inside the home of Michael Rhoads, 37, and his wife Mary Cole, 44, Hale said.
The couple’s 14-year-old daughter was also inside the home
, which contained a significant amount of trash and dog feces everywhere - even smeared along the walls as far as three feet high off the carpet, Hale said.
Rhoads said he had no idea how many animals were inside the home. Deputies arrested Cole and Rhoads and called Children’s Services to take custody of their daughter, Hale said.
The teenager was placed with relatives or temporarily put in foster care, officials said.
Officials from the Animal Resource Center were called and removed the dogs. Officials urge those who have too many animals or those concerned about pets belonging to friends or neighbors to call (937) 898-4457.