MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Teresa Garroutte is hearing impaired, but she can smell. She said the odor coming from a backyard near the Campus Heights Apartments made her sick over the last few days.
Memphis Animal Services removed eight dead dogs Thursday from the yard of the house at 636 South Prescott. The carcasses were piled in a corner of the yard. Another 11 dogs were reportedly located inside the filthy house surrounded by feces. It was even strewn about the owner's bed.
Neighbors said the smell got worse the closer they got to the house, which initially prompted them to call police.
"It just smelled like something sour," said neighbor Erica Franklin.
The situation reminds some of the disturbing, yet popular, Animal Planet show which chronicles the lives of animal hoarders.
"Flies, the animals, the smell, barking," said neighbor Terry Austin. "I mean, inside and out. I thought they cleaned it up already a few months ago, but apparently not."
He said the man next door keeps to himself and moved into the house about a year and a half ago.
Memphis Police said they have responded to animal complaints there before.
"To have all them dead dogs around your house and you still live there," said Franklin, "that's sad and pitiful."
Neighbors said they hope the surviving dogs find new homes and that those who died did not suffer.
Police identified the dog owner as William Allen. He was cited on the scene with multiple violations and taken downtown for questioning. The surviving dogs are being housed at the animal shelter.