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Hawthorne Couple Arrested For Edler Abuse, Animal Neglect

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Hawthorne couple Gregory and Janice Bartmess, both 60-years-old, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of elder abuse and animal neglect after police found 13 dogs in varying states of neglect and Janice Bartmess' unresponsive mother at their home, reports ABC Local

Responding to a tip, officers went to the house where they found rotting food and animal feces reportedly covering the floors. After rounding up the dogs, officers then discovered Janice Bartmess' 86-year-old mother bed-ridden and unresponsive in the unsanitary conditions.

The dogs were placed with animal control and the elderly woman was taken to a local hospital as the investigation continues.