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Oklahoma City woman removed from filthy home; caretaker son arrested

BY AARON CRESPO Modified: February 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm •  Published: February 18, 2010

An Oklahoma City man was arrested on complaints of cruelty to animals and neglect by a caretaker after the home he shared with his mother and nine dogs was found filled with animal waste.

David Pilcher, 44, was arrested Wednesday after police, DHS and county health officials went to the home at 2812 NW 16. His mother, 64, was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

"They found deplorable conditions once they got there. There was reportedly feces and urine from animals that was all over the house, even in the bathtub. Basically you couldn't go anywhere without coming into contact with this type of filth," Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

When officials spoke to the woman, some of the waste was on her shirt. She wasn't sure what day, month or year it was, Wardlow said.

Wardlow said the woman will not be returned to that house because it cannot be occupied.

Pilcher told police he thought he was taking adequate care of his mother.

"He never indicated to officers that he believed that there was any type of problem with the living conditions at the house," Wardlow said.

Pilcher is in Oklahoma County jail with bail set at $23,000. He has prior convictions of violating a protective order and possessing a firearm, court records state. has disabled the comments for this article.

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