Massive animal hoarding case 'setting the standards' for future pet rescues

WESTMORELAND CO., Pa. — Nearly 100 animals have been in the care of a local shelter for 18 months after a horrible case of hoarding.

There were 97 survivors from one of the worst hoarding cases All But Furgotten Animal Rescue has ever tackled – 67 cats, 30 dogs, a deer and a turtle.

The conditions inside Yvonne and Richard Klochak's Westmoreland County home in March 2018 were described as disgusting.

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"We had people going out and getting sick," said humane officer Cassie Wilson. "The cat litter boxes had mounds and mounds of feces and paper towels in them."

Fast-forward 18 months, and every single animal is still at the rescue being cared for on the shelter's dime. The legal process is preventing the animals from being adopted sooner.


After a criminal and civil court battle, the Klochaks pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay $260,000 plus $1,300 a day to the shelter to care for all 97 animals.

The shelter said they will never see that money, but they did set a legal precedent.

"We're setting the standards for other rescues and other large hoarding events in Westmoreland County. Now there's a law to follow," Wilson said.

Now each cat rescued is ready to find their forever home.