CPS Removes Lubbock Woman’s Children From Home Covered in Animal Feces, Urine
A Lubbock woman has temporarily lost custody of her adopted children and been charged with abandonment or neglect of a child after CPS investigators discovered 51 animals and a home "covered in animal feces."
EverythingLubbock.com reports that 29-year-old Kristina Marie Kizer, who had adopted at least two children living in the home, was arrested on Friday, Nov. 11 after CPS investigated the home following a complaint about its condition.
Upon arriving at the home, CPS workers discovered Ms. Kizer was sheltering 51 animals in her home: 28 dogs, 20 cats, 2 chickens and a lizard. Ms. Kizer reportedly said that she was rescuing animals "for a while," and that "it just got a little out of hand."
The investigators said the smell of the home, which was covered in animal feces, urine and infested with gnats, mosquitoes and flies, was bad enough to take their breath away. Feces, urine and hair from animals was found inside the children's rooms and on their beds.
The following details from court records obtained by EverythingLubbock.com reveal an extremely unsanitary home that posed a safety and health risk for the children living there:
There were approximately twenty eight dogs, twenty cats, two chickens and a lizard. The home was covered in animal feces and a health and safety hazard to the children. Mrs. Kizer stated she had been rescuing animals for a while and it just got a little out of hand. Due to her medical condition she felt there were days where she couldn’t clean up the mess and next thing she knew it was out of control. By that time, she stated she was too embarrassed to call someone for help.
In addition to the health risks posed to the children, court records show that some of the animals being sheltered in the home were also malnourished.
According to EverythingLubbock.com, the court records revealed that CPS told the judge that the children would be returned to Ms. Kizer's home if improvements were made.
Ms. Kizer bonded out of jail Saturday.