Tamara Daniels is facing neglect charges after neighbors and police both noticed a foul smell coming from her home. When they went inside the Port St. John, Florida, home to investigate, they reportedly found 52-year-old Daniels, her twin 14-year-old boys, and 24 chihuahuas in a home filled with cockroaches, trash, and dog feces.
Daniels reportedly told the investigators who came into her home that she knew it was bad, and hoped they wouldn’t take her to jail. She did not get her wish. When investigators found the two children, the bottoms of their bare feet were allegedly caked in dog feces. In addition, police say that Daniels told them the children were not enrolled in school.
The boys were taken from the home by the Department of Children and Families and are currently staying with relatives. The 24 chihuahuas have been taken in by the SPCA of Brevard, and are described as still being very sweet and loving, considering the environment of the Daniels’s home. The dogs have even been given a nickname, the “Chipolooza Crew.” Three of the dogs are pregnant, and the SPCA says they have been placed in foster care until the puppies are born and are old enough for adoption. The other dogs are expected to be up for adoption in two weeks.
If you are interested in chipping in to help the SPCA care for these pups and get them ready for adoption, they have created a YouCaring page especially for the Chipolooza Crew.
Daniels has been charged with one count of felony child neglect without great bodily harm, and is currently in custody at the Brevard County Jail on $10,000 bond. It’s not clear if she will face more charges, especially regarding the dogs. Her next court date is expected to be her arraignment on October 6.