Extreme Hoarder Found Unconscious in House of Horrors Overrun by Rats & Bats

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condemnedIf you recently consumed a meal, you might want to come back and read this a little bit later after your food has had time to fully digest -- because this has to be the worst case of hoarding you've ever heard.

A home in Philadelphia was found full of bats, cats, rats, and mounds of trash left behind by an owner who was found unconscious inside and has since been hospitalized with "unspecified ailments."

Oh yeah, did I mention that the entire floor of the house was covered in animal waste when authorities arrived?

There was literally poop everywhere, and there were also Tupperware containers "stacked 10 or 12 tall" that were serving as litter boxes for the cats. (OMG. I think I'm gonna barf.)

And of those cats, four were found dead, and five were found alive, though they're sick -- and more animals are believed to be somewhere in the house among all the filth. Oh, and the bats and rats? Yeah, they infested the home along with spiders, and the place even has tree limbs growing out of the gutters.

Huh. That's probably not good for resale, which is why it's a good thing the house has been condemned. If it's not cleaned up in 30 days, it will be torn down, which I'd say is probably the best plan, here.

I guess we can't really understand what goes on inside the mind of an extreme hoarder, but it's so sad that they don't realize just how detrimental their lifestyle is to their own health, and the health of neighbors, pets, and anyone living with or around them.

Gag. Can you even imagine the smell coming from that place? Judging from how contaminated it was, the scent could probably be detected all the way down the block, so the immediate neighbors of the home must be thanking their lucky stars that authorities were called in.

I honestly can't decide if this story is really sad, absolutely appalling, or a combination of both. Whatever the case, hopefully the home owner will get the help he or she needs so something like this doesn't happen again.

Why do you think people hoard like this?


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Trina_ Trina_

Hoarding should be classified as some form of mental illness. I'm not particularly shocked by this because I've unfortunately visited and seen a lot of homes infested with animal feces. Some people are very unsanitary and I have to believe if it is pushed to a limit like this, then the person is sick in the head.


I'm addicted to those hoarding shows and they do say it is a mental defect,but it's one I can find no sympathy for.These people tend to be real assholes towards their families and the families tend to be scared of them and just let them take over their homes with their hoard.You really feel for the ones left in their wake.

Venae Venae

If they want to kill themselves living in filth, that's fine, but anyone keeping children or animals in that condition needs to go to jail.

nonmember avatar Tam

wow - must be nice to be so perfect

There but by the grace of God goes any one here.
I hope beyond all hope that I never experience the breakdown that triggers a hoarding behavior and more than that I hope to hell none of you are actually friends of mine because I would never want any of you to try to help me

I've dealt with a hoarder - it was horrible and depressing and stressful and one of the hardest things I've ever had to handle. My heart broke over and over again watching someone we loved go through this.

Count your blessings you're not having the problems someone who's hoarding has.

TuReina TuReina

Wow. Can't believe the judgmental comments on here. Hoarding IS a symptom of a variety of mental illnesses and disorders, including anxiety disorder, OCD, depression and PTSD. You might be an "asshole" towards your family and friends too if you had an untreated mental illness. I completely agree that children and animals should be taken out of these situations, but to say it's fine for someone with an untreated mental illness to just go and kill themselves in filth is heartless. It's time to end the stigma associated with mental illness. No one blames a cancer patient for having cancer and no one should blame a mentally ill person for having a mental illness.

Crystal Farmer

Hoarding is usually a symptom of another underlying mental illness.  It IS sad, and they cannot help the behaviour.

cryst... crystaleve29

Ive been called a hoarder but i would never get to that point. I dont keep pets i dont ant the extra hassle of having one until i feel im capable. I can say that I dont think wat I save is too much, I just dont know how to keep any of it organized. I live with very little  furniture and its only me and my daughter in the house but im never an asshole to anyone who is willing to help me out. I just have to fight to keep some of my mementos sometimes. I do get rid of alot tho each time i do a major cleaning.

Suretta Lisker Williams

This person requires sympathy and/or advanced mental health treatment. Your article sounds juvenile, snobbish, judgemental, and wrong.

Those of us with OCD, while not Hoarders, *do* understand them, to some extent. There is a spectrum -- this was an extreme.

However, it was your editorializing that ruined your article. I was following along with you for a while .. thought you might put some compassion (in the form of additional insight into Hoarding), but instead, I got what sounds like a book report written by a 10 year old.

Patricia Katona


femal... femaleMIKE

mental illness.  Just like any other person with a mental illness, they are not rational people or a joy to be around.

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