The owner of Grace Kelly's former East Falls home pleaded no contest Thursday to animal cruelty charges for keeping more than a dozen animals in unsanitary conditions.
Marjorie Bamont, 82, was convicted of 14 counts of animal cruelty in December. She did not appear in court then, but she appeared before the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, my colleague Bob Moran reports.
She has been ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution to the Pennsylvania SPCA and is prohibited from acquring new animals for 42 months.
Bamont was ordered to forfeit her dog and 12 cats to the PSPCA. Two of the forfeited animals already have adopted homes lined up. She was allowed to regain custody of two of her cats, both of whom were neutered, but the PSPCA will make regular inspections of the cats to ensure that they remain happy and healthy.
The PSPCA raided Bamont's home on October 31 and charged her with unsanitary conditions and failure to provide veterinary care for her pets. Officers found a dead cat in the entryway and feces throughout the flea-infested house. One cat suffered renal failure from severe anemia stemming from the flea bites and had to be euthanized.
“Today’s verdict underscores that sometimes good intentions become overwhelming and, as a result, the animals suffer. We are very happy that we have the opportunity to find these animals forever homes where they will receive both the love and the care that they deserve,” said Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie, director of humane litigation for the PSPCA.
“Our officers and our forensic team have an excellent track record and we are very grateful for the District Attorney’s office’s wonderful work on this case.”
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