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PSPCA rescues 50 cats from two cat hoarders

Some of the cats were found to be living "in a filthy, feces-covered, urine-soaked condition," the PSPCA said.
Shoot, a cat rescued from Simila's home,PSPCA

Two cat hoarders living at separate residences in Northeast Philly have been convicted of abusing more than 50 cats, the PSPCA announced.

Charlotte Simila, of Frankford was convicted Wednesday of charges related to keeping 22 cats in "a filthy, feces-covered, urine-soaked condition" in her home, the PSPCA said in a news release.

PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers investigated Simila's single-story rowhome apartment on the 4400 block of Griscom Street on June 10 after receiving tips through their animal cruelty hotline. Discovering cats living in filth, they removed 17 living cats and located two dead ones. Several more cats were found on return visits.

Simila, who was convicted despite a no-show in court, was ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and prohibited from owning animals for more than five years (90 days per cat).


Mimi Baas, of Bridesburg, was also convicted Wednesday for charges related to keeping 27 cats and two dogs "in filthy, flea-infested conditions, with many in severe medical distress," the PSPCA said.

The PSPCA investigated Baas' home on the 2400 block of Bridge Street after receiving tips of dead cats found in a trash can on July 7.

"The animals were transported back to the PSPCA to receive medical care, and while many have found forever homes, several are still receiving medical treatment," the PSPCA said.

Baas was fined $2,800 and prohibited from owning animals for seven years.

“We are proud to have not only secured justice for the animals in these cases, removing them from a bad situation, but also in the work we do to place them in homes where they will have a good quality of life and the love they have always deserved," Nicole Wilson, PSPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement, said of these cases in a statement.

To report animal abuse, contact the PSPCA hotline: (866) 601-SPCA.

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