SOMERVILLE, TN (abc24.com) - A Moscow, Tennessee man charged with 168 counts of animal abuse has now been arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Neglect, along with his wife.
A Fayette County judge issued an arrest warrant for 68-year-old William Parr and his wife, Rocio Parr, and they were both booked on $110,000 bond. The charges stem from a recent rescue of neglected, abused and dead animals hoarded in the couple's home, where three teenagers also lived. Two of the teens, ages 12 and 17, were placed in state custody.
Animal rescue workers described the living conditions in the home as "horrifying," citing molding food, maggots, roaches, field mice and rats living among the filth. Of the 168 animals pulled from the home 25 were dead. A veterinarian assisting with the rescue told abc24.com that the animals' cages had become so packed with fur and feces they had to peel the waste away to tell if an animal was inside.
The surviving animals were placed in veterinary care to recover and be rehabilitated for adoption.
William Parr is scheduled to appear in court October 23 on the animal cruelty charges.