Yuma, AZ - City inspectors entered the house with a search warrant and made gruesome discoveries before they had to back away for their own safety.
You're looking at a condemned Yuma home deemed unsafe for humans to live in. The decision came from the city of Yuma with recommendations from the Yuma county department of health services.
According to the city, inspectors encountered human and animal feces all over the flooring laying loose, stored in bags and smeared on the floor. They also encountered insect and pest infestation including numerous fleas and cockroaches many living cats , many distressed and some dead. Neighbors living on the 2400 Block of Sierra Vista Avenue tell News 13 they are thrilled to hear the home is finally getting cleaned up.
"He had stacked up boxes for years, cars that didn't look like they were going to work.. It was an eyesore," says one neighbor.
"One inspector said it's the worst he has ever seen and he has been doing this line of work for over 20 years," says Dave Nash with the city of Yuma.
Today, the house was fumigated and inspectors say they will now be able to go back in and make an assessment of what needs to be done with the property according to the city of Yuma.
Neighbors say they saw several dump trucks removing garbage from the yard early this morning. Many say the also plan to have their homes fumigated as a precautionary measure and say they shouldn't be responsible for the cost.
"If he's kept it that bad, he should have to pay for it, he should have to pay for everyone who has to have it done," says a neighbor.
55-year old Paul Robert Cohn who resided at the residence is currently in jail on an arrest warrant. His charges include endangerment, disorderly conduct, cruelty to animals... public nuisances and driving with a suspended license.
Cohn's bond has been set to $60,000 and he will be seen in court again this week.
The city and its environmental contractor will determine steps needed for mitigation and demolishing the home at this point could be a possibility.
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