A Dorchester group home for disabled residents that officials said was deplorable on the inside and decaying on the outside was shut down this week, WCVB reports.
The State Department of Public Health confirmed late Friday that the Melville Avenue home sandwiched between two churches never renewed its license in 2011 and the agency had no contact with the owner until city inspectors on a routine visit Thursday discovered the deplorable conditions.
Rodent droppings, holes, stained bedding, and poor food quality were among the conditions a city inspector found in the home.
Sixteen residents were taken to Marian Manor in South Boston, though two others were missing, and most of the residents had no family, according to WCVB.
"They got showers they probably haven't seen in a real long time," said [ Boston Inspectional Services Director Buddy Christopher], estimating many of them had not showered for a month.
"This house is the thing nightmares are made out of," he concluded. "The worst conditions I ever saw."
Officials issued 19 code violations against the home.Zeninjor Enwemeka can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Zeninjor.