Tot, animals taken from home

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 5, 2009

PEARL (AP) — Authorities in Pearl took a 3-year-old boy and about 28 dogs and cats from the house of a 64-year-old man and declared the house unfit for people.

Capt. Ronnie Conerly says police arrested Gerald Keyes late Thursday after answering a domestic disturbance call from his adult son, who also lived there.

The boy — also believed to be the older man’s son — was in custody of the state Department of Human Services on Friday.

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Police say Keyes, his wife and the sons all lived in the 1,100-square-foot house.

Animal Control took about 14 dogs and 14 cats. Several animals ran off and were not caught.

Pearl Animal Control officer Heather Rogers said there was feces all over and an overpowering stench of urine.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,