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SPCA Returning To Site Of South Philadelphia Cat Hoarding Case

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - SPCA crews will be returning to a filth-infested South Philadelphia home Thursday to resume the search for cats they believe are living in the debris (see related story). And this time, they're bringing traps.

More than 20 cats were removed from the house, Sunday and Monday, but SPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano believes there are more inside. "The food that we left for the animals had been eaten," Marano says.

But she says workers couldn't find them through the piles of debris inside the house and, because they're not well-socialized, they won't approach the workers.

So they plan to go back with humane traps.

"And then just going back the next day at various intervals to check the humane traps to see if we can remove the animals," Marano explained.

The house, which has been condemned, is owned by a retired school teacher, who's been charged with animal cruelty.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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