Three People, Dozens of Cats Removed from Berwyn Home
Complaints arrive during heat wave; many animals appeared "sickly," authorities say.
Authorities have removed three people from a Berwyn home, including two adults and one teen, after receiving complaints of deplorable conditions caused by animal hoarding, My Suburban Life reports.
Investigators had been trying to trace the source of the festering, rancid smell even before complaints began rolling in during last week's brutal heat wave. On Monday, they found the source: a home in the 3100 block of East Avenue, where authorities found three people, dozens of cats and three dogs living in "horrid" conditions, Berwyn Fire Chief Denis O'Halloran told My Suburban Life.
The animals will be taken to a shelter in next-door Cicero, authorities said.
The case has echoes of a tragic incident that took place less than a mile away in September 2011, when 14-year-old Matthew Denger was found unconscious in the front lawn of a home in the 2800 block of South Lombard Avenue. He was later pronounced dead.
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The boy's mother, Lydia Price, was later charged with criminal abuse and neglect of a disabled person, a felony, and endangerment of a child, a misdemeanor, after investigators discovered the home littered with animal feces and squalor, the result of more than 100 cats, dozens of birds, dogs, a fruit bat, a raccoon and more living there.