Berwyn Police: Teen pulled from animal hoarding home

Berwyn, IL

Berwyn police officers began extracting upwards of 30 cats from a home in the 3100 block of East Avenue about 3 p.m. Monday.

Two adults and one teenaged child were pulled from the home, which Berwyn Fire Chief Denis O'Halloran said had "horrid" conditions inside, including a large amount of animal feces.

Berwyn Police Cmdr. Michael Cimaglia said his department was investigating complaints of a foul smell in the area and a resident allowed officers entry into the home, where dozens of cats and three dogs were found.

“They appear to be hoarders,” Cimaglia said.

Cimaglia added that the department had been investigating odor complaints in the area for six months and finally managed to make contact with the residents today.

The denizens of the house have been taken in for questioning, but Cimaglia said it was not immediately clear if charges would be filed or if the teenager would be taken into protective custody.

Frank Feliciano, who lives directly across the street from the home, said police had been going door to door in the area since at least Saturday seeking out the source of the smell, which was exacerbated by last week’s heat wave.

Geralyn Radmer, who said she was friends with a resident of the home, said the woman was a frequent volunteer at an animal shelter in Chicago.

“She’s the kind of person who, if she saw a cat or a dog running around, she’d take them in,” Radmer said.