Animals found living in squalid conditions inside condemned house in Sullivan County

Posted at 11:35 PM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 22:46:05-04

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. -- Animals, some alive and some dead, were found Saturday afternoon living in squalid conditions inside a condemned house in Sullivan County.

Indiana State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff's office, along with members of the Sullivan County Humane Society, went into the house at 311 E. Washington St. in Sullivan and found a pregnant pitbull, a male pitbull, two other mixed breed dogs, four live rabbits and 21 dead rabbits.

All of the animals appeared emaciated and were taken into the custody of the Sullivan County Humane Society.

Authorities say there was a great deal of animal feces and urine in the house, along with dry dog food scattered everywhere and no running water.

In the backyard, officers say they discovered two burial sites which contained what appeared to be two bludgeoned dogs and one rabbit.

Witnesses reported seeing two males dressed in hoodies arrive at the home between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on various mornings driving a faded red to maroon older model four-door car.

On Monday, police said they had arrested 38-year-old David E. Weger of Sullivan on 17 counts of animal neglect. He was being held on a $68,000 bond.

If you have any information related to this case, you're asked to call ISP at (765) 653-4114 or the Sullivan Police Department at (812) 268-4353.

The home is owned by a Florida-based company, but was condemned by the Sullivan Building Commissioner.