Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Olga Federov, 59 90+ animals seized

Olney, PA

Philadelphia County

July 13, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    56 cats, 8 dogs, 20 chinchillas, 18 pigeons, 1 fox, 1 pelican



Animal cruelty investigators are preparing charges against a city women accused in one of the largest hoarding cases in recent memory.

George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said he expects cruelty charges against Olga Federov, of Olney. Officials seized 90 animals from her house, including dogs, cats, chinchillas and pigeons.

Bengal said that the South Philly woman, who is 59 and on disability, used to be a Chihuahua breeder, but "was overwhelmed."  "She hasn't sold them in a number of years. That's why the numbers have grown," he said. "There were dogs in every room of the property."

Charges against Federov will involve unsanitary conditions. The animals were being examined to determine if they had received proper medical care, he said.

Bengal said the animals rescued from Federov, who described herself as a laid-off computer software employee, included 53 cats, 8 dogs, the chinchillas and 8 street pigeons.

Dead animals, including a fox Federov said had been hit by a car, were taken from a freezer. She said she was keeping them until they could be picked up by the city.

Update 7/16/10:  Federov felt it was her duty to store animals inside the freezer after finding them on the side of the road. They found 56 cats, 20 chinchillas, 7 dogs, and 18 pigeons inside and around the backyard. Even a pelican was discovered.

Update 7/17/10:  Federov thinks the Lord knew it was time.  She has grown frail since major abdominal surgery about a year ago and admits that it has become harder to care for the dozens of animals she opened her house and heart to - including dogs that she rescued from shelter euthanasia.

Federov's home, is on Mascher Street near Nedro Avenue.

Federov, said she is feeding the animals and providing them with medicine out of her unemployment check and savings.  Among them were the pets of people who had lost their jobs, and then their homes to foreclosure, Federov said.   Once word got out, her house became a dumping ground. Federov even found a bag of kittens hanging on her fence.

She disputed the PSPCA's figures on the number of animals seized from her home.   Federov had helped foster kittens for the PSPCA.

Federov said she had taken dogs from the former PACCA to save them from being put down.  "I'm just so hurt," she said. "I don't want them to vilify me. They're looking at me like a lunatic, collecting dead animals in a freezer."

She did confirm that an electrician had turned off her electricity, causing a stench of decay from the freezer in the heat.

Federov said that the Department of Licenses and Inspections has ordered repairs to her home before it can be reoccupied.

"Everything has been heading toward a situation where I couldn't do this anymore," she said. "But I certainly didn't want it to end like this. "


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