Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2013

Cats, bats and trash fill hoarder’s home in Philadelphia, described as ‘horror show’

Mounds of trash prevented authorities from being able to immediately determine how many bats, cats and rats were inside a Northern Philadelphia home.

Authorities arrived at the hoarder’s home to discover the owner unconscious.

Five sick but living cats and four dead ones have been found, according to Wendy Marano, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She told HuffPost Crime that there are surely more survivors and authorities have set humane traps to catch them.

hoarder home phillyPlastic Tupperware bins “stacked 10 or 12 tall” were being used as litter boxes. Trees and limbs were growing out of the gutters, and drywall had peeled off the structure.

“It was horrible,” she said. “Everything was covered in animal waste. The whole floor was covered … It’s hard to believe there were animals or human beings in there.”

“They literally found a horror show inside,” Pennsylvania SPCA humane law enforcement director George Bengal said.

“This place is a total, total mess just full of parasites, dead animals, live animals that are sick,” Bengal said. “If you can imagine flushing your toilet for five or six years and this is all where it goes, that’s what the house looks like inside.” 

Spiders, wild bats and rats had also infested the house officials stated as the search for surviving animals will be a several-day operation.

The name of the elderly man, age 70, who owned the home has not been released and has been hospitalized since being found.

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