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Evidence of animal cruelty leaves 'smell of death'

Heidi Brown was the last tenant in the rental house. Heidi Brown was the last tenant in the rental house.
Neighbors found skeletal remains of animals in the abandoned rental house. Neighbors found skeletal remains of animals in the abandoned rental house.

EAST TOLEDO -- She moved out, but left something so awful behind, she's now facing charges.

The problem was found at a home in the 1100 block of Woodville in east Toledo, and it's still there.  Neighbors have been trying to get it removed for two weeks. So they're turning to Call 11 for Action Problem Solver Mika Highsmith.

It was Brenda Steinfurth who called 11 for Action. "It was a smell of death," she said. So potent and so ominous that Brenda Steinfurth did some sniffing around.

At a house across the street, the owner was not there, but she made a gruesome discovery. Something was dead in the garage. When the police went in there, they found the bodies of two dogs.

As if that wasn't bad enough, that discovery was two weeks ago, and the carcasses, badly decomposed and unrecognizable, are still there.

Steinfurth added, "Nothing has been done."

Toledo police officers arrested the tenant Heidi Brown, who has since moved out. Though neighbors, like Steinfurth, wonder why the mess remains. "Someone's going to get into something and end up getting sick... getting really sick, and who knows what could happen."

Fearing health hazards, residents want it cleaned up, but don't know where to turn. Steinfurth said, "You don't know who to call...called the humane society, called the health department."

They're turning to News 11 Call for Action. Steinfurth said, "I know you guys get stuff done."

Highsmith talked to the owner of the house. He had no idea what to do with the mess, thinking TPD needed it for an investigation.

Highsmith found out the police have what they need for the animal cruelty case, so she informed the owner who agreed to have the mess cleaned up first thing Friday morning. And, sure enough, the mess was cleaned up.

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