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Man busted with 168 animals living in squalor

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A 68-year-old Fayette County man is facing 168 counts of animal cruelty - one misdemeanor count each for each animal rescued - after sheriff's officers raided his home on Sept. 21.

What the Fayette County Sheriff's Office found was horrible - animals were dehydrated, sitting in feces and living in the dark. Some of the animals were even found dead inside the home.

The rescue effort in William Parr's home took 14 hours.

As of Monday, the animals are in a safe location and learning life outside of a cage.

It was a cable man that alerted police to the shocking conditions. 

"We had to search through all the trash, debris, for both the dead bodies and those still alive," said Jennifer Dunlap, a veterinarian currently caring for the rescued variety of animals.

Dunlap called the Fayette County home a classic case of animal hoarding. She says some animals were kept in urine, without light, and caged for years.

Twenty-five animals were found dead, mostly birds and rodents.

"Their dental decay is the worst I've ever seen," she said. "A lot have teeth falling out, tongues hang out because teeth are already falling out because of such severe malnutrition."

According to the affidavit, Parr admitted he was the primary caretaker.

MORE: Read the Affidavit

But, there is hope for the animals. In the back of Fayette County's Hollywood Feed, workers have been organizing donations of food and supplies.

So far, they've collected $6,000. Now, the animals are recovering in a secure location. 

In addition to the multitude of animals inside the home, two juveniles also living inside were removed by the Fayette County Department of Children Services just before the raid, the District Attorney Mike Dunavant said.

To donate go to the care of the animals, go to the Hollywood Feed store on Highway 64 in Oakland or check out the American Humane website.

Parr, who was charged with 168 counts of animal cruelty, was not arrested DA Dunavant said. Parr was served a summons to appear court Oct. 23, where the district attorney says they'll discuss his bond and custody. He faces around 11 months for each count of animal cruelty.

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