No-contest plea to animal cruelty in former Kelly home

Marjorie Bamont, 81, at her home at Coulter and Henry Ave in Eastfalls section of Philadelphia on Thursday, December 26, 2013. She recently had her pet cats taken by the animal control for alleged abuse. Her home is the former home of Grace Kelly. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

The owner of Grace Kelly's childhood home pleaded no contest Thursday to animal-cruelty charges for keeping multiple cats and a dog in unsanitary conditions, the Pennsylvania SPCA said Thursday.

Marjorie Bamont, 82, was convicted in December of 14 counts of animal cruelty. She did not appear in court and appealed the conviction. Bamont appeared Thursday in Common Pleas Court but pleaded no contest rather than fight the conviction, said Sarah Eremus, spokeswoman for the PSPCA. Bamont is allowed to keep two cats with regular PSPCA inspections.

On Halloween, officers from the PSPCA executed a search warrant on the former Grace Kelly mansion on Henry Avenue in East Falls and found a dead cat, 14 live cats, and a dog. The house was littered with cat feces and infested with fleas, the PSPCA reported. - Robert Moran