Woman charged after dead animals found in home where children lived, police say


    A Cambria County woman is facing charges including endangering the welfare of children and animal neglect after police said they discovered dead animals and deplorable living conditions in her trailer. (Cambria County Prison)

    A Cambria County woman is facing charges including endangering the welfare of children and animal neglect after police said they discovered dead animals and deplorable living conditions in her trailer.

    Police said they were called to a trailer in October regarding animals that apparently were left unattended for several days.

    Police said the mobile home at the 107 Skupien Court trailer park in Gallitzin Borough belongs to 27-year-old Brittany Belles.

    They said Belles was known to collect animals and take them home to live with her and her children where the animals were not well cared for.

    According to police, there were prior complaints about Belle involving cats and dogs running loose and a ferret left outside in a cage with no food or water.

    When police arrived at the trailer on Oct. 23, they said Belles' mother-in-law, Stacy Besler, was leaving with a small, limp dog and told them she was taking it to the veterinarian, but there were more animals inside, some dead.

    Police said later that night, after getting consent to enter the home, officers dressed in protective gear and went into the trailer.

    Inside, they said they found a dead dog in the bathroom and two dead kittens in a box.

    Police said the living conditions in the trailer were deplorable and not suited for a living area.

    They said the odors of rotting food, dirty clothing and dead animals were unbearable and could be smelled from outside the trailer. The odors, along with swarms of flies inside, made the situation difficult to deal with, they said.

    Officers said even with breathing masks on they were only able to be in the home for about five minutes.

    They said they left without a complete search for other dead animals.

    Belles is lodged at the Cambria County Prison on $100,000 bail.

    She’s awaiting her preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Officials have not released the status of the children at this time.

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