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Owner of Grace Kelly's former Philly home pleads no contest to animal cruelty

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Marjorie Bamont, 82, the owner of Grace Kelly's landmark childhood home on Henry Street in Philadelphia pleaded no contest on Thursday in an appeal of her previous conviction for 14 counts of animal cruelty.

According to a press release by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Bamont will be permitted to keep two cats. PSPCA will periodically check on the pets to ensure they remain healthy.

In October 2012, 14 cats and one dog were seized in the home reported to have been filthy and infested with fleas. When authorities raided the home after procuring a search warrant, they found a dead cat lying in the foyer; the other cats were in poor health and needed immediate care.

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Bamont was convicted in absentia in December 2012, and sentenced to $700 in fines and court costs, $10,000 in restitution, and barred from owning any animals for forty-two (42) months, pending appeal.

At one time Bamont had run a cat rescue, but authorities state she became overwhelmed.

Adopters are needed for the remaining cats . If interested, please contact the Pennsylvania SPCA by clicking here. Two of the cats have already been adopted.

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