Police: Daughter arrested after neglecting elderly mother in deplorable home

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. – Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton calls it one of the worst homes in terms of filth that many of his deputies have ever seen.

“Some of them were immediately throwing up when they walked out of the residence,” Sheriff Melton said.

Some of the emergency responders wore Tyvek suits into the home.

“That is the first time that i have seen first responders, firefighters and paramedics wear Tyvek suits to enter a residence just to remove a victim,” Sheriff Melton said.

In February, emergency crews were called in to a Franklin County home on Stable Lane after a 75-year-old woman was found lying on a floor covered in urine and feces.

That woman’s daughter, 41-year-old Heather Rash also lives at the home. She was her mother’s caretaker.

Twenty-seven animals were also in the home, 18 cats and nine dogs.

“Four of the dogs have been euthanized since, to be humane about it,” Sheriff Melton said.

The remaining animals were removed from the home and treated.

Heather Rash was arrested Tuesday after detectives presented the case to a grand jury. She was charged with neglect of an adult and four counts of animal cruelty.

Sheriff Melton says the silver lining here, is that both women are now out of the deplorable home.

“There is some good that comes out of that right now. They’re in a much better place than they were living in- what they were living in,” Sheriff Melton said.

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