PHILADELPHIA: The once-stately childhood home of American actress Grace Kelly, who starred in the 1950s films “Rear Window” and “High Society” and later became Princess of Monaco, was raided this week after animal welfare officials saw evidence of animal abuse.
Law enforcement officials from the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized 14 cats and one dog from the home occupied by an elderly woman in Philadelphia’s
East Falls neighborhood. One dead cat was also found. Linda Torelli, a spokeswoman for the PSPCA, said the organization had been receiving numerous complaints about the
home for at least a decade, but its occupant, 81-year-old Marjorie Bamont, had never opened her door to investigators.
That changed on Wednesday. After an officer spotted a dead cat inside the home, officials were able to obtain a search warrant and enter the premises on Thursday.
Torelli described the interior as flea-infested and covered in feces.