Accused of mistreating her dogs and undressing her son, a relaxed mother in Moulins (Allier)

Alerted by a neighbor, on April 26, 2021, the gendarmes entered a dwelling house in the Bourbonnais bocage. They discover seven dogs without food, without water, in their excrement, as well as a man, withdrawn into himself. He makes incoherent remarks and spontaneously declares that he has not eaten for four days. The house is devoid of furniture, trash bags are strewn on the floor.
According to the veterinarian who examined the animals, they were “relatively emaciated” and had “too long claws”. The 35-year-old man, suffering from schizophrenia, had recently come out of a stay in a psychiatric center.
The mother of the 30-year-old was tried on Wednesday at the Moulins correctional court for neglect of a person unable to protect himself and deprivation of or watering of a domestic animal. The Bourbonnais SPA, which recovered the dogs, is claiming the sum of 19,728 euros to compensate for all the care that has been provided, with supporting invoices.
Absent at her trial, the woman lives in Villeurbanne, where she takes care of her sick mother, as at the material time.

A “very present” mother

For the public prosecutor, Jérôme Piques, the two offenses are characterized. “The son, whatever his age, was not able to take care of himself, as the psychiatric examination showed, so it was impossible for him to take good care of the animals. Among other things, he requested a 12-month suspended prison sentence for the mother.
For Me Sophie Cluzy, in defense, things are not so simple. “I would like the prosecutor to demonstrate that the facts are characterized. Bring me the proof that the dogs were mistreated” And to quote the report of the veterinarians:

“The dogs are in good general condition, the vaccines are up to date, no reason to withdraw custody”

As for the accusation of abandonment of a person unable to protect himself, the lawyer also sweeps it away. According to her, the mother does everything she can with her means: educational, emotional, financial.

The man with schizophrenia wanted to live in a mobile home, his mom wanted better for him. That’s why she rented this house. She had organized the whole move, left groceries in garbage bags, money. “But her son hasn’t done anything, she can’t hold his hand, he doesn’t want to take any treatment, neither medicinal nor therapeutic.” Me Cluzy also recalled that there are procedures to prevent people from putting themselves in danger, “and psychiatrists do nothing? she wondered. A few weeks earlier, the son was hospitalized, and the doctors did not however note any contraindication to his returning home. Hospitalized again after his discovery by the gendarmes, the doctors indicated “mother very present, very regularly on the phone”. She was released.

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