The Pennsylvania SPCA removed 12 live and six dead cats Tuesday from a rowhouse in Lawndale, and officials expect to arrest two people on animal-cruelty charges, a PSPCA spokeswoman said.
Acting on a tip from neighbors, PSPCA officers raided the home on Lawndale Avenue near Levick Street and found two people in their late 50s to early 60s living in squalid conditions along with the cats, said spokeswoman Wendy Marano. She did not identify the couple.
In the house, officers found cat feces and trash, which left an odor that neighbors said they could smell inside their homes, Marano said.
"This has been going on for years," she said. "It'll definitely be animal-cruelty charges, unsanitary conditions, lack of veterinary care."
No charges had been filed Tuesday night. Most of the living cats were sick and will have to be evaluated by veterinarians, Marano said.