“The dogs broke everything, we were no longer at home”

That day, May 6, 2022, the teenager, among the oldest of the siblings of soon to be seven children, did not steal out of malice from a supermarket in Grand Dax. But out of hunger.

“There are no words to describe being ashamed. I know I had given up, I couldn’t take it anymore. When I saw my son arrive…

That day, May 6, 2022, the teenager, among the oldest of the siblings of soon to be seven children, did not steal out of malice from a supermarket in Grand Dax. But out of hunger.

“There are no words to describe being ashamed. I know I had given up, I couldn’t take it anymore. When I saw my son arrive with the gendarmes, it was a relief, ”testified the mother, tried in the Dax court alongside her companion, father of five of the children.

Baby girl, grandmother and mother found naked in feces

The 41 and 43-year-old couple appeared on Monday, November 14, 2022 for evading a parent from legal obligations, subjecting a vulnerable person to unworthy accommodation conditions and serious abuse of an animal.

In the middle of droppings

When, on May 6, 2022, the gendarmes had accompanied the teenager to the family home, a beautiful and opulent Landes house located in a village in Grand Dax, they had come across the appalling.

“A naked little girl on the sofa with poo and flies everywhere”, children walking through the filth, a 77-year-old lady also naked in her excrement and that of animals, in this case about twenty dogs, and a naked mother too, 41 years old, then four months pregnant, whom the gendarmes asked to get dressed, depicts the president of the court, Laure Vuitton.

How could this family from Paris and Troyes, with 600,000 euros in inheritance affected on the maternal side, have been able to sink into what everyone today describes as “human misery”?

If a part was used in particular for the acquisition of the house the same year, another, at least 200,000 euros, was squandered over the weeks. “Initially, we went out a lot: restaurant, quad, etc. “, indicates the mother of the family.

Until the day when the bottom of the well was touched, during 2021. The budget of 12,000 euros that the couple, unemployed, agreed to withdraw from their accounts, suddenly rose to 12 euros per day. A sum that was used to buy starchy foods to feed the whole family and for the father’s three daily beers.

“Better Life” at Home

To the social services who have since met them, the oldest of the siblings, aged 3 to 15, described having lived in “permanent hunger”. They, “nice and polite” according to the different schools, mocked in the yard for the smells, say they are “relieved to no longer live in the family home” and talk, since they were placed, of “a better life “.

A former childcare assistant, the 77-year-old grandmother, a dependent elderly person, now also feels safe in the retirement home. To the investigators who questioned her in May, she explained that it was her daughter who had advised her to get naked to manage her incontinence and that “the dogs constantly came into her room”, that they hurt her “by kicking”.

“Either we paid the SPA for the dogs, or we ate”

It was they, the 22 dogs that made up the household, the vast majority of them Malinois, who had unquestionably taken power in the house. “They broke everything, we were no longer at home,” explained the mother at the helm, for whom the animals had become a security against the threats of her violent first husband.

“As soon as I left, the dogs became uncontrollable”, justified the companion for not having looked for a job, since he had left the army, traumatized.

Overwhelmed by their dogs, for the last two litters that they had not managed to control and evacuate with the confinements, the couple had tried to join the SPA, the Society for the Protection of Animals, in March and April of this year. “But you had to give 140 euros per dog. It was either we paid for the SPA, or we ate, ”continues the inconsolable mother, who lives today in a mother-child center with her last baby, born on September 12. Hoping one day “to find our life before, to relive quietly”.

The public prosecutor requested two years in prison with full suspension, obligations of care, work and training, ban on keeping any animal. “What would be the point of a firm prison? It’s a fair answer, ”says Lucie Delage.

The Capbreton SPA, which collected around twenty dogs in very great distress, is claiming 15,000 euros in damages.

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