4 Found Living At Abandoned Animal Shelter

NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA)–A man, woman and two 8-month-old babies were found living in squalor, and they weren’t exactly living in a home.

KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson said the family had turned a shuttered animal shelters office into a makeshift apartment. When constables came to the address on North Gallatin Avenue, the stench was enough to give them the dry heaves.

Five state constables arrived at the now closed Steve Courson Humane Society Animal Shelter in North Union Township in Fayette County on the morning of July 13.  The constables had multiple DUI arrest warrants for 37-year-old Richard Huey.  Huey escaped while his wife was telling constables he was in Tennessee.  But it was what they found inside the building that sickened them.

“Dog feces, five or six dogs running around, cats, urine all over the place, trash and flies,” said Pennsylvania Constable Mark Pasquale.

The constables also discovered two 8-month-old babies. One child was the Huey’s, while the other they were babysitting.

“The babies were actually in the back, in the kennel area, in strollers,” Pasquale said.

Once a slaughter house in the 50’s, there is little ventilation. The families were using a tub once used by dogs and there was no bedding for the baby’s crib.

“We contacted Pennsylvania State Police, CYS, and a North Union code officer came over,” said Pennsylvania Constable Phillip Michael.

Building code inspector Mike Garlowich condemned the building, but said the Huey’s had been allowed to stay there by the shelter’s board because Richard once worked there.

Gene Malowski, a shelter board member, showed up to take the remaining dogs to a vet.

“As far as I know he had permission, yeah,” Malowski said about the Huey’s living in the shelter.

Mary Robb Jackson then asked Malowski why he would let a family stay in an animal shelter.

Malowski’s response, “I told you, I had no comment.”

Richard Huey is still at large. His wife and child are with relatives, and the other baby that they were caring for is back with its parents.


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  • Lk

    I feel bad for the babies.. they do not deserve this. Someone should place them with a loving family who can provide for them properly.

    • No to Illegal Aliens

      I feel sorry for the dogs they do not deserve this. Someone should place them with a lving family who can provide for them properly

  • Clem

    They just wanted a simple life

  • ali

    um… who would leave their child to be “watched” by people living in a condemned shut down animal shelter…?

  • KinOregon

    Just more victims of Obamanomics this is sad and it will only get worse.

    • Kat

      you’re freaking dumb.

      • JumboPilot

        Annoy a Liberal use facts and logic.

    • Anonymous

      yep! you said it. Agreed

    • PK

      How about Republicanomics, after all, they are the ones giving corporate freeloaders a free ride as they move jobs overseas. How much did big oil receive this year after all the bills were paid? And how about GE not paying any taxes and still getting money from the government? And the CEO of GE whimpers like a grade school kid complaining that they’re being unjustly targeted.

      • Anonymous

        GE is an Obama supporter jackhole.

    • JumboPilot

      Isn’t that the truth. We are witnessing history in the making. The damage done from the current administration will have lasting effects for years to come.

  • teremist

    Why wasn’t the baby put into foster care? Clearly neither parent was able or willing to provide a decent environment. (The smell gave officers the dry heaves and animal feces and urine was everywhere.) Pigs live better!

    • Sickened

      I agree. I have worked for the Department of Social Services locally and I have never seen a case where they would leave the child with the parents. That is a hazerdous and neglectful living environment and that child deserves better.

  • bob searcy

    people gonna be living in much more squalid condition before things get better. in fact things arent going to get better. america is going to learn to stop wallowing in exess..and to you know / gooders. your indebted up to your eyeballs and your opinion is mok nix..

  • Nunnother

    It was a shelter in a bad situation. That’s one thing. But these people left feces all over the place? Wouldn’t an open door be ventilation? Moving these people will not be enough to fix what’s wrong with this picture.

  • Sam

    Idiotic county officials! The children should have been immediately taken in to Protective custody! And charges of child endangerment as well as unfit living standards should have been placed as reasoning for charges! Just plain idiotic! Abuse waiting to happen!

  • http://www.prosedreams.com Prose Dreams

    The babies should be placed with either a foster family or relatives who actually can care for them properly. Did anyone check to be sure that the babies were being fed?

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