Nude animal hoarder arrested in Philly

Philadelphia police charged a man with animal cruelty after the mummified remains of several pets were found inside his garbage-filled home.

The "collection of rats" felt right at home.

The "collection of rats" felt right at home.

Police arrived at the scene after neighbors called to report a naked man walking around the house, according to an article in the New York Daily News.

The homeowner, who has not been identified, told police he was with the CIA, but had locked himself out.

While helping him break in, police observed a dead iguana, and must have been alarmed by the stench, which neighbors had complained about for years.

Police returned, armed with a warrant. Officers soon uncovered mistreated living dogs, eight dead dogs, two dead iguanas, a living 4-foot alligator, at least three living turtles, frogs, cats, rats, roosters, tarantulas and a collection of rats.

Some of the animals were mummified.

After two hours of searching, they found a dead gator under some junk, according to NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate.

“This is an extremely bizarre case,” Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals spokesman George Bengal said. “This is a hoarder situation but I think that the individual who lives in here has every kind of species known to man.”

“The house is totally full of feces and urine, roaches, every parasite you can think of is inside this house,” said Bengal on Fox 29 News. ”Besides collecting animals, he’s collecting junk, too. I mean, the whole house is just junk ceiling to floor.”

The homeowner was hospitalized; his adult son was jailed for attacking a TV cameraman, according to multiple media reports.

11 comments Add your comment

Leigh

July 27th, 2011
5:57 pm

all animals are nude aren’t they? Unless you dress them up – they rarely do that on their own.

Spanky

July 27th, 2011
6:34 pm

Shoot!…that’s anywhere in south Georgia!…unfortunately!

Congratulashayla

July 27th, 2011
6:41 pm

“Police arrived at the scene after neighbors called to report a naked man walking around the house,…”

It’s like 100 degrees F. in Philly this week, guy was just tryin to stay cool.

Hootygoot

July 27th, 2011
8:19 pm

The homeowner was hospitalized. Was that a mental hospital?

Noah's Ark

July 27th, 2011
11:38 pm

What are we going to do when it starts raining?

Forgive us

July 28th, 2011
8:02 am

Hve Mercy on OUR SOULS!

itsallgoodnroanoke,Ithink!

July 28th, 2011
8:14 am

This is a strange case. Not only strange, also sad. These animals have been there for a while. NAKED! Hot as HAZE and you couldn’t SMELL IT! This man is ill and he kept these animals for selfish love. Poor animals couldn’t talk but he had his own selfish reasons, let’s help the man. Watch your neighbors people, there are plenty more out there. SAD!

tomas

July 29th, 2011
1:20 pm

People, he NEEDS those animals. He’s with the CIA.

sickandsad

July 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

From personal experiences with this man I can tell you that he legitimately loved these animals and thought of them as his family. The sad part of all of this is that he actually thought he was doing a good thing by “taking care” of these animals. He is obviously very sick and needs help. Maybe if the authorities would have done something sooner or checked out the complaints from neighbors it wouldn’t have been such a tragic end for all involved. Does anyone know what happened to the animals that were still alive?

Baddabing

August 1st, 2011
4:37 pm

He got the gator to eat the dogs to eat the cats, that ate the iquanas, that ate the rats, that swallowed the roaches …..and so on and so on. This is what legends are made from. And to think it all started with just a few morels from a leftover cheesesteak

Tom

August 7th, 2011
3:56 pm

CIA: Culinary Institute of America. CIA used to be in New Haven but moved to NY some years ago. What did the cops find in the oven?