Area couple arrested after dogs seized, some from 'dungeon-like room'

Samantha Bell. (Jail photo)
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ROGERS, Texas (KWTX) Authorities have arrested a Rogers couple from whose home 23 dogs were removed, some of them from a “dungeon-like” room.

Samantha Bell, 44, and Harley Bell, 28, remained in the Bell County Jail Thursday evening.

She was booked under the name Samantha Hollowell, according to online jail records.

Officers found the dogs on March 6 at the home at 11 Benton St. in Rogers, police said in a press release.

“At the door there was a strong odor of feces,” police said and the resident said he and his wife had 24 dogs that did not have vaccinations.

“Fifteen of the dogs had never been outdoors,” police said, and the resident told officers the animals urinated and defecated inside the house.

The next morning Rogers officers, Bell County deputies and Bell County Community Supervision officials returned to the home and removed 23 dogs.

“Some were in a dungeon-like room that had a single chair in it,” police said.

Twenty of the dogs were taken to a shelter and three others were released to a relative.

Samantha Bell was arrested by Rogers police officer and was taken to the Bell County Jail.

Her husband turned himself in.

Police also confirmed this is not the first time Samantha Bell has been investigated for animal cruelty.

According to a 2006 police report, a Rogers officer responded to a home Bell lived at with a previous husband and found a dog unresponsive in a caged area with no food or water.

The animal was taken to the Bell County Animal Shelter and died the next day.

Bell and her previous husband were later arrested and charged with animal cruelty.