PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Anthony Couluris lives on Franklin Street in Port St. Lucie. He mowed the lawn for 49-year-old Roberta Bamonte and her 91- year-old mother Rose so the outside doesn't look so bad. Inside, it's a different story.
"You could smell the cats living in the house," said Couluris.
Police discovered a house of filth when they were called by the Florida Department of Children and Families Friday. Piles of garbage were everywhere. There was clutter from floor to ceiling in many of the rooms. A refrigerator was filled with rotten food and the kitchen stove was covered in filth.
Police were aware that something bad may be developing here. DCF had been out at the home last year and warned Roberta Bamonte to clean things up.
"Conditions that were deplorable but not to this magnitude that we saw the other day," said Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Tom Nichols.
Despite the just emptied trash cans on Monday, Couluris said not only was the garage filled at the Bamonte home, but so were two out buildings on the property.
There's also a storage unit parked on the driveway. Couluris said neighbors have tried to reach out because Rose wanted her daughter to get rid of the unit.
"Rose she is a nice woman she likes to keep to herself. She's a good person, nobody deserves to live like that," said Couluris.
Rose Bomante, who had recently been hospitalized for breathing problems, has been placed into a care facility.
Animal Care and Control took three cats from the home.
Roberta Bomante has been released from jail on elderly neglect charges.