Police find sick man, animals in home

YOUNGSTOWN -- A sick, elderly man was taken to Forum Health Northside Medical Center from his residence Tuesday afternoon after police said they found his home in deplorable condition.
Humane officials removed several animals from the house, and a city housing inspector condemned it as unfit for human habitation.
Joseph Welker, 74, of 1997 Lansdowne Blvd., was taken by ambulance to the hospital after police, who were called to the scene by a concerned citizen, said they found him disoriented and unkempt, with a growth on his feet.
Hospital officials had no information on Welker this morning.
Police said the floor was covered with food, trash, urine and human and dog feces, and that, because of the stench, Humane Agent Dave Nelson needed an oxygen mask from the fire department to enter the premises.
Nelson said there appeared to be dead animals in the house and that the sofa on which Welker slept was covered with human and animal wastes. Staff of the Mahoning County dog warden's office removed several animals from the premises.

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