Fighting for You: Owner Of Abandoned Home Is A No-Show In Court Again

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville's Community Development Office wants to hear from Cynthia Puett. Court documents list Puett as the owner of a home at the center of one of our 'Fighting for You' stories. WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin reported on Puett's overgrown property. Neighbors say it's dirty and filled with wild animals.

The head of the Huntsville's Community Development Office believes Puett's property is a problem. City inspectors tried getting in touch with Puett, but found themselves waiting to see her in court. Puett is accused of abandoning her home and letting the yard outside it create a mess.

WHNT NEWS 19 was in court. Jean Walters was also there. We wanted to see the focus of a recent 'Fighting for You' story talk to a judge.

"They are not taking care of the property or the house. It's just really awful," said Walters.

Walters took the WHNT NEWS 19 camera inside the bushes near Puett's home on Pentolope Drive. She says armadillos, possums, raccoons and snakes live in them.

"Somebody showed up out there and cut the grass the next day after you were there," added Walters.

The grass was shorter, but other overgrown areas remain. Puett did not show up for her scheduled appearance.

"I don't know why she wouldn't show up. I know there will be bad things to happen to her if she doesn't. They are going to find her one of these days," Walters.

WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin decided to make a call to the number listed by Puett. He wanted to let her know she's expected in court.

An operator's message played, "The number you have reached is disconnected."

Walters will hold off on celebrating a yard clean-up for now, but still finds another way to smile.

"My family is here. They have some small children. I wanted to bring them down to give them an opportunity to see what it is like in a courtroom, so it has been a positive thing to us," added Walters.

The court arraignment on August 22, 2012 was the third scheduled for Puett. The judge has scheduled a fourth court proceeding in October for Puett.

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