Wagoner County Man Arrested For Elder Abuse, Cruelty To Animals
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Wagoner County man has been arrested for elder abuse and cruelty to animals, officials say.
Michael Dean Sloan, 58, was taken into custody on Wednesday at the Days Inn in Wagoner.
Sloan’s arrest comes after his 79-year-old father, Robert Sloan, was transported by ambulance when he was found to be in poor health, living with 30 animals and unable to care for himself.
Sergeant James Carver said a neighbor called the department on Saturday, asking for someone to check on the elderly man. When deputies arrived at the home west of Wagoner, they found the man on the ground, barely moving.
An animal rescue brought in volunteers to care for the animals. Volunteers said they vomited when they approached the house.
"There was feces on the wall, the furniture, there's cockroaches and bugs everywhere, maggots everywhere," said Kadi Edwards, chairperson of WAGS. "It's a horror story."
In an affidavit of probable cause, police say Mike Sloan told them his father had been living in the house with all the animals for probably over a year. Sloan received a settlement check and moved out of the house and into a hotel with his daughter, leaving his father in the home, according to court records.
Robert Sloan was taken to a nursing home by adult protective services, the affidavit states.