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Relatives Arrested After Elderly Man Found Living in Filth
SOUTH COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- A man's son and daughter-in-law were taken to jail after police found the elderly man living in filth with eight dogs and no heat.
The man had been living with his adult children, teen grandchildren and pets on Renick Street. Patrol officers went to check in on the man's well-being after a sister-in-law called 911.
"There's like eight dogs in the house and I mean there's feces all over the house," the caller told dispatchers. "I mean, you walk in the door and it just takes your breath away."
Michael Anthony Bowers and his wife Ellen Knight Bowers were arrested at the home on outstanding warrants.
Authorities said the couple has been to court several times over the years for charges such as health code violations, failure to license dogs, open burning and dumping.
Two teenagers at the home were taken to Franklin County Children's Services, and the elderly man was referred to Adult Protective Services, according to police.
The man's condition is unknown because the Adult Protective Services records are confidential.
The dogs were reportedly allowed to remain at the house. Franklin County Animal Control did not immediately return ABC 6/FOX 28's calls.