‘Cats, Fleas, Feces’ Inside Grace Kelly’s Former Home

The Philadelphia house where Grace Kelly spent her early years is now the scene of a cat hoarding investigation, with conditions described as "totally unsanitary."

That's according to George Bengal, the Director of Humane Law Enforcement with the Pennsylvania SPCA, who says there are fleas and feces everywhere inside the home located at 3901 Henry Avenue in the East Falls section of the city.

"We've received complaints at this location for many years. We've never really been able to get inside the location to see the conditions," said Bengal.

But after getting approved for a search warrant yesterday, SPCA officers were able to enter the home for the first time this afternoon.

One dead cat and 14 live cats were pulled out of the home. Bengal says those cats were very thin and are in need of medical care.

The 81-year-old homeowner, who has resided in the famous house since 1973, has been arrested, Bengal said.

"I think the lady is a rescue lady and has been for years. This just turned into a hoarder situation where she didn't have the resources to care for these animals," said Bengal.

Bengal says the homeowner will be charged with animal cruelty-- only because of the "horrendous conditions" inside the property.

Kelly was an Academy-award winning movie star who was born in Philadelphia and became a Princess when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.

She died in a car crash in 1982 at the age of 52. Kelly's mother owned the home until 1970.

This week, an exhibit looking back at the life of Grace Kelly opened at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.

Contact Us