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Homeowner ID'd in South Philadelphia cat hoarding case

Monday, July 29, 2013

52-year-old Leonardo Vianale has been charged with nine counts of Animal Cruelty.

Vianale was arrested on Friday after nine cats in his care were found in what police call 'squalid conditions' at his home on the 2800 block of Snyder Avenue.

Three of the cats were found deceased when the SPCA arrived to the scene.

Officers were able to save some of the cats but many ran away as they made their way inside.

L&I officials came out and deemed the property unlivable after SPCA officers suspect that it partially collapsed.

Humane officers say there was no running water and human waste was everywhere.

Inside they say the owner had surveillance cameras throughout and police scanners on full volume.

The roof was also coming apart. A photo taken at the scene, even showed the sky through the ceiling.

"It's a typical hoarder house, feces urine everywhere," PSPCA spokesman George Bengal said Friday.

Vianale was arraigned over the weekend and bail set at $5,000.

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