Homeowner hoards junk and… dogs

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. — Some rural Cleveland County residents say they are fed up with a nuisance in their neighborhood. They say for three years they’ve watched junk pile up on a woman’s property.

“It is nasty. Nasty! Dirty! Filthy!  Buggy! Just nasty,” Thomas Teel said.

Teel says the woman who used to live on the property and still owns it is not only hoarding things, but dogs as well.

Nearby residents say the woman moved out more than a year ago, leaving behind 28 dogs.

News Channel 4 did a story back then and neighbors say the dogs were removed.  But within the past couple months, they’ve returned, locked up inside an abandoned, dirty trailer home with no electricity or running water.

“This can not be healthy. And it has to be against the law. My God. What more of a blatant case of animal abuse is this? I mean, how much more in your face have you got to get?” Barbara Mullikin said.

Mullikin lives nearby and says she’s been trying to get help for these animals.

On Monday, Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies came out yet again and gave Mullikin the same answer, there’s nothing they can do.

“Just because they got food and they got water and they look healthy, nobody opened this door.  No vet went in there and checked those dogs out. And I can promise you that they’ve not one had a shot,” Mullikin said.

And Mullikin says she’s even more concerned now that there are puppies inside.

“I dream about these babies. I see these babies every night. I see those babies every night in my dreams and I don’t sleep because of it.”

Mullikin says the property owner comes back periodically and throws in dog food and water and then leaves the animals again.

She says last summer, several dogs died on this property and she’s afraid if someone doesn’t step in, it’s going to happen again, if it hasn’t already.

We contacted a Cleveland County district attorney about the case.

He assured us he would look into it to see if any laws were being broken.

We left a message for the property owner, but she did not return our call.

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