3 animals found dead in foreclosed Clay home sparks investigatio

3 animals found dead in foreclosed Clay home sparks investigation

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CLAY, AL (WBRC) -

Authorities are conducting an investigation after three animals were found dead in a foreclosed home.

A lawn contractor reportedly called Clay City officials after noticing a terrible smell coming from a vacant home. Officials say it appears the animals were left there for several months.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian confirms that his office is investigating the situation as an animal cruelty case. FOX6 News has learned that the house was vacant and owned by a mortgage company.

Clay City Manager Ronnie Dixon calls the discovery "disgusting."

"Dealing with the public for the last 30 years, I've never seen anything like this," he said.

It still turns his stomach to describe what was found at the residence on Chestnut Drive.

"The entire house was covered with feces, probably three to four inches deep throughout the house," he said.

Dixon says two dogs and what was believed to be a cat had been in the house for a total of three months and officials believe they had been dead for about three weeks.

Law enforcement officials are researching who the previous owners were. However, they have not named any suspects in the case.

Alice Markcum has lived in Chestnut Hills for 20 years. She says in that time nothing like this has ever happened.

"Just the horror," she said. "These poor animals. I can't imagine with this heat; no food, no water. I just can't imagine someone that would go off and leave a living thing."

And while Markcum doesn't know for sure if the previous owners were involved, she say's it's shocking to even consider.

"These children have played with my child. Went to school with my child...that would never cross your mind at all," she said.

Dixon says the house will be demolished because it has been deemed "unfit for human habitation."

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