SPCA Returning To Site Of South Philadelphia Cat Hoarding Case

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SPCA crews will be returning to a filth-infested South Philadelphia home Thursday to resume the search for cats they believe are living in the debris (see related story). And this time, they’re bringing traps.

More than 20 cats were removed from the house, Sunday and Monday, but SPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano believes there are more inside. “The food that we left for the animals had been eaten,” Marano says.

But she says workers couldn’t find them through the piles of debris inside the house and, because they’re not well-socialized, they won’t approach the workers.

So they plan to go back with humane traps.

“And then just going back the next day at various intervals to check the humane traps to see if we can remove the animals,” Marano explained.

The house, which has been condemned, is owned by a retired school teacher, who’s been charged with animal cruelty.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Jeffrey Cohn

    As the representative of the company SI Restoration

    (www.si-restoration.com/locations-served/philadelphiapennsylvaniahoardingcleanupservices/ )

    that is cleaning up after the situation, I was a little upset at the comments made here on this forum. I’m not an expert on the psychological aspects of hoarding but I do have layman’s knowledge on hoarding as we have cleaned up and organized many hoarding situations and have researched the subject to understand hoarders.

    Hoarding is not a choice, but a serious psychological illness cause by in many incidences by a traumatic situation and or depression.

    Instead of using drugs and alcohol as a crutch in life, hoarding takes it’s own crutch .

    Family members are discouraged from coming over, even though the hoarder themselves will deny they have an issue.

    I am in complete agreement that hoarding any animals has no excuse and is a horrible concept.

    But remember that this hoarding person has difficult issues and I am willing to bet that she is not in the right state of mind to understand what and why she did it.

    In many cases the animal hoarder truly believes that they are doing good. They believe they are protecting the animals as many would have been hurt or killed in the real world.

    In this sad situation we have two victims, the animals and the hoarder themselves who need help.

    If you are reading this and need help with hoarding, please understand that they are resources that will help you.

    Remember that you are not alone and that 2-5 % of the United States is believed to have hoarding issues of some kind.

    I would recommend that you visit the International Obsessive Compulsive web site http://www.ocfoundation.org/hoarding/links.aspx

    They have resources to learn and find therapists to help.

    Jeffrey Cohn
    SI Restoration

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