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29 Cats Rescued, 17 Dead In Another Hoarding Case In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS)- The PSPCA is investigating yet another case of animal hoarding in Southwest Philadelphia.

On Thursday afternoon, officers rescued 29 live cats in poor condition and 17 dead animals, which had been buried in the front yard of a home on the 6500 block of Wheeler Street.

The home was occupied by three women who have not been identified in reports at this time.

According to neighbors, the three women are good people and most of the buried cats were strays or had been struck by cars.

Officials said the women will face multiple charges of Animal Cruelty.

It is unclear at this time if the animals can be adopted, but they will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News reported that local SPCA shelters have reached maximum capacity in the wake of two other extreme animal hoarding cases. (see related story)

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  • sara

    Thank you so much for bring this issue to our attention.

    I’m a researcher for the series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, currently airing on Animal Planet that tells the stories of people overwhelmed by the number of pets they own. The problem is on the rise and affect communities across America.

    If you are concerned about the health of animals in someone’s care and suspect they may be hoarding them, we might be able to help.

    Most animal hoarders don’t see themselves as hoarders, and sometimes don’t intentionally collect animals. Their relationship with their animals has threatened their relationships with friends and family.

    Most of these situations aren’t dealt with until they become criminal. This results in animals being euthanized by over-stressed shelters, and doesn’t address the underlying psychological issues – meaning nearly 100% of people end up in the same situation again.

    We are dedicated to finding comprehensive long-term solutions and believe therapy to be key to this. We can bring in experts to help people and their pets.

    If you or someone you know needs help because animals have overrun their life, visit to learn more and submit their story. Alternatively, contact me directly at or toll-free at
    1 -877-698-7387.

    We will treat all submissions with confidentiality and respect.

  • yvette

    Really? Dead and buried cats in someone’s yard need to be dug up? You can’t really do a good necropsy on a long dead and buried cat. Unless your spca has unlimited funding, which doesn’t seem to be the case. Why don’t you spend some money on helping the people who have the mental illness of animal hoarding rather than spending all of your time patting yourselves on the back for raiding another home.

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