PHOENIX — Three men face animal abuse charges after a woman’s body was
found in an insect-infested van near downtown Phoenix, authorities said Monday.
KPHO reported that the van was carrying 35 animals and
was infested with spiders and cockroaches.
Phoenix police said Lola Mae Stout, 73, was found dead Sunday.
Her 79-year-old husband, Alva Stout, and her two sons _ Alan Stout, 42, and
Gregory Stout, 44, all were booked into jail on suspicion of 35 counts of animal
abuse and mistreatment.
Police said additional charges in the woman’s death are possible.
The sons told authorities that their mother died on a trip to Quartzsite, so
they put her body in the van and drove back to Phoenix. Alva Stout says his wife
was alive when they got into the van.
Police said they learned the woman had prior medical conditions which required
specific medical care, including prior strokes, high blood pressure, goiter and
Also found in the van were 13 animal carriers containing 12 dogs, 22 cats and
The carriers were described as dirty and moldy, and Arizona Humane Society
investigators said the animals were all malnourished, abused and neglected.
Investigators say it’s likely many, if not all, will have to be euthanized.
AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson called it a “very, very bad case.”
Police didn’t immediately know Monday if any of the Stouts had attorneys yet.
Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/