TAMPA — Police arrested a 50-year-old woman Wednesday who they say had an 8-year-old boy, 23 cats, two dogs and a bird living in a filthy home that had the stench of cat urine.
Ten years ago, a Hillsborough County judge ordered Ibbie J. Aldape to never own animals again, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Investigators with the Tampa police, Animal Services and the Department of Children and Families went to Aldape's home late Wednesday afternoon and found the conditions unsafe for the boy and the animals, Ryan said. A DCF worker had visited the house earlier and alerted police and animal welfare investigators, Ryan said.
"Horrific litter boxes were just feet from where the boy slept," she said.
Tampa police say the home was littered with trash, infested with bugs and littered with animal waste.
The boy was taken into DCF custody and the animals, some of which were seriously ill and blind, were removed.
Aldape, of 7608 N Huntley Ave., was charged with 25 counts of improper confinement of animal, 10 counts of animal cruelty and one count of child neglect.