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5 charged with elder abuse, animal neglect
Members of a San Jose, Calif., family accused of elder abuse and animal neglect were arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Bail was set at $500,000 for each defendant, who face a possible 18 years in prison if convicted on charges of dependent adult abuse and animal neglect in their unlicensed group home in an upscale neighborhood of the city, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday.
San Jose police arrested the family members in May after discovering about a dozen elderly and mentally disabled men and women living in squalid conditions with 25 dogs. Some victims told investigators the caretakers regularly beat them, fed them poorly, stole their Social Security and disability benefits, and sometimes withheld medication.
Officials did not offer an explanation about the presence of the 25 dogs found during the arrests or the 21 other dogs discovered at the house about a month after the arrests, the Mercury News said.
“There’s no evidence of carcasses,” district attorney Charles Huang said. “The dogs have been removed and are now in good care.”
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