Many people might claim that, at least at one point in their lives, they could be classified as a “pack rat”. I know I for one have held on t a few items for way longer than I should have. I have never had anything close to what this Florida woman had in her home though.
In the city of Edgewater, Florida, police officers were dispatched to a local home to do a well-being check on three juvenilles.
What they saw upon arrival however, had them at a loss for words. Not only did they locate the three children but they also found 245 different types of animals too. It was obviuod right away that neither the animals or the children were being cared for properly.
It is estimated that compulsive hoarding affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population (approximately 4.5 to 5 million American adults). Clearly the adults living here are amongst the 1.5%.
According to a post on Facebook, the officers observed a dead guinea pig in a cage, rotting food, animal feces and urine throughout the residence.
The three defendants, Melissa Hamilton, Greg Nelson and Susan Nelson will be charged with 3 counts of child abuse and 66 counts of animal cruelty.
The children who were only 8, 9 and 10 were removed from the residence by the Department of Children and Families and were placed with a responsible family member.
The Edgewater Police Department and Edgewater Animal Control removed the animals from the property. The animals were brought to the Edgewater Animal Shelter.
Animals Surrendered During Investigation Include:
Guinea Pigs: 9 plus 1 deceased
Sugar Gliders: 10
Hedge Hog: 1
Bearded Dragons: 7
Leopard Spotted Gecko: 1
Rats: 60 adults 23 babies
If you live in the area, the shelter is in need of donations which can be dropped off at 605 Mango Tree Drive in Edgewater.
The police are also accepting donations for the children who are all girls. They can be clothing items, toys or monetary donations. These items will be accepted at the Edgewater Police Department, located at 135 East Park Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32132.
According to the arrest report, Greg Nelson told police he decided to end his relationship with his wife, Susan Nelson, and live-in girlfriend, Hamilton, and wanted to take his three children. Nelson said his wife would not let him take the children, and he called police for a well-being check because he believed the home was uninhabitable for the children.