Sunday, August 2, 2015

SPCA: Cat hoarding case inside actress Grace Kelly's former home

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  • Authorities are investigating an alleged case of cat hoarding at Grace Kelly’s childhood home.
  • Fourteen live cats were recovered from the home in a range of conditions.
  • Thursday was the first time officers had enough evidence to obtain a search warrant and go inside.

Authorities are investigating an alleged case of cat hoarding at the one-time East Falls home of screen siren Grace Kelly.
 
Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to the house located at 3901 Henry Ave. at about 3:30 p.m. after the PSPCA received a complaint about the residence through its cruelty hotline.

The investigating officer allegedly found evidence of cat hoarding in the home's foyer, including feline remains. 

PSPCA spokeswoman Linda Torelli said 14 live cats were recovered from the home in a range of conditions, some of them good and some of them poor. One dead cat was found. Also seized from the home was a Lhasa Apso dog, which officials said was in poor condition.

She said the PSCPA has a history of complaints about the property dating back several years, but Thursday was the first time officers had enough evidence to obtain a search warrant and go inside.
 
"It's been a property they've been keeping an eye on, but they have to have a reason to take action," Torelli said.
 
According to the PSPCA, the current 81-year-old homeowner bought the property in 1973 from Thomas Lawton, who purchased it three years earlier from Grace Kelly's mother.

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  • Torelli said no one was home when officers showed up Thursday afternoon, but she confirmed the residence is occupied. City tax records list the property owner's name as Marjorie Bamont.
     
    She said the 81-year-old homeowner, Marjorie Bamont, was involuntarily committed based on her mental state.
     
    Charges against Bamont are pending.
     
    According to Torelli, Bamont is a longtime animal lover who has for years been involved in cat rescue.
     
    "It was basically a case [of] wanting to help animals gone awry," Torelli said. "It's really tragic. Here's someone with the intention to help the animals when, in fact, it was quite the opposite."
     
    Officers shortly before 7 p.m. left the home and took the animals back to PSPCA headquarters, where they were slated to be checked out and treated by a veterinarian.

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