Authorities seize dozens of cats from Chester County house

July 29, 2008 2:45:54 PM PDT
Unfortunately it's a full house at the Chester County SPCA thanks to a classic case of animal hoarding. The shelter's Chuck McDevitt says, "What hoarding? ?a bit more."

In this case, twenty-eight amounted to a bit more. SPCA agents sent most of the day at the house in Honeybrook, carrying out crate after crate filled with cats. Many were ill, pregnant or both and none had been spayed or neutered. What's more, the house was said to be filthy and smelly from top to bottom.

"It was properly? ?.property."

Also seized was one small dog, but agents agreed to leave behind one bird and a pet rabbit for a child, who was said to be emotionally shaken by what happened today at his house. An anonymous tip yesterday led authorities to the home. Along with the SPCA agents came child welfare workers. Both agencies, concerned about the conditions inside the house. "They were.. ?pretty bad."

No one at the home would respond to knocks at the door. But according to neighbors the homeowners began taking in cats from a nearby park. No one, however, realized how many.

The SPCA does plan to file charges but at this hour it is not known how many. The couple is said to be cooperating. In West Goshen, I'm Lauren Wilson, Channel 6 Action News.

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