WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Friday, Gary Cox, 53, was arrested after the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office went to his home to check on his mother. WCSO deputies went to the home to conduct a wellness check after Cox’s mother missed a dialysis appointment.
According to the arrest citation, once deputies arrived on scene, they noticed a padlock on the only accessible door to the home. The report states Cox’s mother was locked inside. Deputies made entry and found Cox’s mother lying on a bed.
"I don't really believe Gary had locked the door to be mean- I believe he locked it because the door was broken,” Mary Shelton said.
Mary Shelton lives next door to Cox and his mother. Shelton said she saw the whole incident as it unfolded.
"They kicked the door in and when they did, the smell made everyone throw up. It was that bad,” Shelton said.
Deputies said once they went into the home, they found multiple five gallon buckets filled with urine and human feces.
The report states shortly after deputies made entry into the home, Gary Cox rode up on his bicycle. Deputies arrested Cox shortly thereafter. Cox was charged with Wanton Endangerment First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment First Degree and ten counts of Animal Cruelty Second Degree.
"I know two dogs in the house that was dead- one with his head cut off- it looked like something had chewed on it,” Shelton said.
According to the report, Animal Control was called to the scene to remove several living dogs from inside and outside the home. Animal Control found one dead dog at the foot of the bed and several dog and cat carcasses in animal carriers outside the home.
“It's disturbing but I knew the kind of person he was,” Shelton said.
Shelton said she has a hard time believing Cox purposely kept his mother a prisoner in the home.
"I never felt unsafe with him. He didn't give me that uneasy feeling. He was just so friendly."
Cox remains in the Wayne County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.