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September 26, 2022

15 cats, dog found living in deplorable conditions in motor home, police say

MILLCREEK — A woman found living in deplorable conditions in a motor home along with 16 animals was arrested Tuesday by Unified police.

Tarah G. Miles, 42, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of 16 counts of cruelty to animals, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Unified police were called to the area of 4000 S. West Temple on a report of two unwanted motor homes parked there, according to a police affidavit. The person who called police said numerous people “come and go from the motor home” and requested police make them leave, the affidavit states.

One vehicle, which didn’t have a license plate, also “didn’t have an actual door, it had a wood door. I could see inside the motor home and noticed the motor home was full of trash,” police wrote in the affidavit.

“I opened the makeshift wood door, and noticed feces, trash and used syringes on the floor of the motor home. There were a total of 15 cats and 1 dog living in the motor home, living under these circumstances. The dog did have an injury to the left rear leg,” according to the affidavit.

While police were rounding up the animals, Miles, the driver of the motor home, arrived on scene.

“She said she wanted to clean the motor home up but hasn’t had the chance to,” the affidavit states.

Miles was arrested.

Police also found a “loaded syringe” in her pocket, according to the affidavit.

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