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Two arrested after Scottsburg Police say more than a dozen animals removed from filthy trailer

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Marion Hayes and Ashly Phillips (Source: Scott County Detention Center) Marion Hayes and Ashly Phillips (Source: Scott County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Scottsburg Police Department has arrested two people after police say two teens were found living in filth inside a trailer with over a dozen animals.

According to a court documents, it happened on Wednesday, July 27. A Scott County Sheriff's Office deputy had visited the trailer of 39-year-old Marion Hayes and his fiance, 33-year-old Ashly Phillips, located on S. Lake Road, near the interchange between I-65 and W. McClain Avenue, in an attempt to serve Philllips with jury duty papers.

When the sheriff's deputy arrived at the trailer that morning, he smelled "a strong foul odor" and heard several dogs barking inside, according to a probable cause affidavit. Authorities say a dog was running loose, and its collar was so tight that it was embedded in its neck. That wasn't the only animal there: according to court documents, several dogs were seen "hanging out the windows."

According to police, "the smell of feces was so strong that you could not get close to the house."

The sheriff's deputy contacted Animal Control to remove the dog, and Scottsburg Police were contacted.

Later in the day, members of Scottsburg Police met with a representative of the Department of Child Services, Animal Control and the State Board of Animal Health to inspect the house, with Hayes' permission. By that time, authorities had learned that Hayes' two sons -- a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old -- were also living in the trailer.

As officers entered the trailer, Hayes allegedly told them that seven dogs were inside.

"Entry to the residence could not be made without wearing, at the very minimum, a respiratory mask," the probable cause affidavit states.

The affidavit further describes the scene:

Once the front door to the residence was open, a strong odor of feces and urine could be smelled while standing out in the roadway approximately 30 feet away. From the front porch, I looked into the living room of the residence and took photos. Due to the strong odor and myself having no protective mask, I exited the porch back out to the roadway.

Police say the Department of Child Services representative found the inside of the home to be in "complete disarray" with animal feces "covering the floor."

She observed dog feces covering many of the surfaces in the home. She noticed that the floor was covered with dog feces, rotting food and other items, making it difficult for [HER] to walk through the rooms without sliding.

Police allegedly found cockroaches inside the refrigerator.

According to the affidavit, authorities noticed a "very high concentration" of ammonia inside the trailer. A veterinarian who was with the investigators allegedly noticed, "a layer of feces covering the vast majority of the floor throughout the residence and also on one of the beds."

The temperature inside the main living area of the trailer was 90 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the affidavit. Although a back bedroom had an operational window-mounted air conditioner, the door to the bedroom was closed and access was restricted.

According to investigators, 13 dogs and two cats were removed from the trailer. Many of the animals inside the home suffered from a severe flea infestation, skin and hair problems, poor body condition and very long nails. Police say one of the dogs could barely stand on its own because of a lack of muscle mass, and one of its ribs was showing.

Hayes and Phillips were arrested earlier this month and are currently in the Scott County Detention Center. They are both charged with one count of neglect of a dependent and four counts of animal abuse, according to court documents.

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