UPDATE: Couple to appear in court for Soddy Daisy neglect

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SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Dustin and Staci Tallent will appear before a General Sessions Court Judge on July 18th.

The Soddy-Daisy couple were arrested at their home on June 27th after officers found three children in a filthy, cluttered home along with a number of abused animals.

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One of the children was found in a room behind a chained door.

Staci and Dustin Tallent are scheduled to appear in court on the 18th, but they will only deal with 15-counts each of aggravated animal cruelty.

They still face child neglect charges later.

The couple, who are held on bond, appeared in a Chattanooga courtroom this morning.


SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Humane Educational Society files aggravated animal neglect charges in a Soddy-Daisy hoarding case.

Dustin and Staci Tallent each face 15 counts of animals abuse. They were arrested on Monday at their home in Soddy-Daisy.

Police found dozens of animals either dead or in very poor condition in the house, which they say was in filthy.  They were also accused of child abuse.

The HES executive director says it is relatively new for them to pursue charges against people.

“We are seeing a lot more respect from the courts themselves and the DA’s office. Because we do a much better job now. We currently have an animal cruelty investigator on staff plus our officers. We do so much better at gathering evidence than what we used to do.”

HES officials says they plan to follow the court case very closely.

They say all the rescued animals are doing better and recovering.


SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Police have charged two suspects in a case of horrid conditions for both children and animals.

The couple faces aggravated child neglect and three children were removed from the home.

Trash is piled throughout the house and one witness says chains were used to lock up a child. Police found dead animals in a freezer. They have removed more animals from the home. Animal cages were kept among the garbage.

Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Humane Educational Society, says one of the dogs is in critical condition because of poor nutrition and internal and external parasites. He says to save this dog it will need a blood transfusion, but he adds there is no guarantee she will survive.

Photos from Humane Educational Society