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Crittenden County couple faces 41 counts of animal cruelty

A Mid-South couple faces 41 counts of animal cruelty after investigators made a shocking discovery. A Mid-South couple faces 41 counts of animal cruelty after investigators made a shocking discovery.

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South couple faces 41 counts of animal cruelty after investigators made a shocking discovery.

Monday, crime scene tape crossed the driveway where William and Heather Hale, a West Memphis elementary school teacher, live in Proctor.

Crittenden County investigators discovered on Sunday what they call a house with such a stench they could not go inside.  There, they found dead dogs, snakes and other animals inside the home where the couple lived.

"I tried to talk to the boy and he'd get mad and upset," said Raymond Mercer, a neighbor.

Investigators came to the home Sunday morning after getting a call that a dog was loose. William Hale answered the door.

When they went inside, investigators saw five dead dogs, and feces all over the floor. It was so thick, it was impossible not to step in.

Monday, neighbors said dead animals are nothing new to them on this property.

"I've seen them being thrown out and put them in the front yard on their burning pile," Bunny Mercer said.

Investigators said many dogs, snakes and exotic birds lived in the house.  The animals that lived were taken to the Marion Animal Shelter.

Investigators said the couple was not selling the animals, and they appeared to be pets. The couple is charged with 16 counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty and 25 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

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