Mar 30, 2010 9:40 PM by David Ortiviz
Social Services has joined a police investigation into a bizarre case of possible elder abuse in Lamar.
Last week hazmat crews rescued an elderly woman from a home on 13th Street. The home was filled with dog feces, urine and trash.
"The house was in disarray," said Marshall Cook, Lamar Fire Chief. It was so filthy firefighters needed breathing devices to bear the stench.
"I've seen similar situations before but nothing to the degree of us having to decontaminate an occupant before we could take them to get care. This is definitely a first for me in my 25 years," said Cook.
The woman was treated at the hospital.
Puppies were also rescued, 18 dogs in all, traumatized and neglected.
"They were very scared they didn't do well, with any of us holding them," said Pat Hobbs, Second Chance Animal Rescue volunteer, "they had lots and lots of fleas on them and sores and scabs on them," she added.
Second Chance Animal Rescue got the dogs to a Humane Society. They'll receive medical care and therapy.
"You don't want to think things like that exist, but they do, and we're just happy we could be a part of fixing the animal part of that," said Donna Emick, Second Chance Animal Rescue volunteer.
A man who also lived at the house is under investigation by authorities for possible animal and elder abuse.
"From an animal perspective its sad, but its even sadder from a human perspective," said Emick.
County Adult Protection Services were called to make sure the elderly woman is taken care of. Lamar Police say no criminal charges have been filed.
The animal rescue group says the dogs should be fine. They've been taken to a Humane Society in Littleton and should be up for adoption soon.