Hoarder house: PSPCA recovers 15 animals from former Grace Kelly home

Posted: November 01, 2013

ANIMAL HUMANE officers made a rather ghoulish discovery yesterday when they found one dead cat and recovered more than a dozen others at the former home of actress Grace Kelly.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said officers recovered 14 cats and one dog from the stately, redbrick home at Henry Avenue and Coulter Street in East Falls. The homeowner, Marjorie Bamont, 81, is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation and is expected to face animal-cruelty charges.

"There was a strong odor of urine and feces in the house," said George Bengal, PSPCA director of law enforcement. "The cats were relegated to a couple of rooms in the mansion, and those rooms were unsanitary for the animals to be living in."

Bengal said a man in his 50s, who had been living in the house, could also face charges. The man, whom he did not identify, is currently in prison for an unrelated matter.

The agency said there have been complaints of suspected animal cruelty at the house for years, but yesterday was the first time they were able to obtain a warrant after an officer, who was allowed into the foyer, spotted what appeared to be the remains of several cats.

PSPCA officials said Bamont has been involved in cat rescue efforts and may have taken in more animals than she had resources to care for.

The dog, which appears to be a Lhasa apso, and many of the cats are in poor condition, the agency said. All of them were taken to a PSCPA shelter for evaluation.

According to the PSCPA, Bamont moved into the house in 1973 after it was purchased from Thomas Lawton. Lawton bought the home from Grace Kelly's mother, Margaret, three years earlier.

Kelly was an Academy Award-winning actress and princess of Monaco. She died at age 52 when she suffered a stroke, lost control of her car and crashed in 1982.


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