ShareThis Page

Deaths of cats prompt review in Mt. Lebanon

Matthew Santoni
| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon officials are wondering what they can change after police were unable to do anything about a resident who had amassed almost 80 cats in her Pennsylvania Boulevard rental home, most of which had to be euthanized when the resident was evicted earlier this month.

“Our involvement was limited because we technically don't have an ordinance limiting the number of cats allowed to be in a house or roaming,” said Mt. Lebanon police Deputy Chief Aaron Lauth.

The board of commissioners, which is considering legislation to regulate the keeping of bees, chickens and other livestock, likely will revisit whether it could either require licensing or restricting the number of cats and other pets someone can keep on a property, said Commission President Kristen Linfante.

“I suspect, in light of what happened, it's something we'll at least consider and look into,” she said. “I don't think the intention will be to be too restrictive, but it will be to address what happened, because we don't want it to happen again.”

Owner Sam Maccarone said he evicted the tenant from the duplex in the 200 block of Pennsylvania in early August after a neighbor complained of the smell, but couldn't get police or animal control to help him remove the animals because nothing in Mt. Lebanon's laws prohibited all the cats.

“The animal control people wouldn't help, couldn't help, because there's no law in place that says they had to,” Maccarone said.

He hired Bob McIntyre, owner of Big Daddy Wildlife Removal, to try to round up and remove the cats from the property. Now, Maccarone is working with exterminators and seeking contractors to rehabilitate the property.

McIntyre said when he arrived there was animal waste as much as a foot deep inside, with no food or litter boxes apparent for more than 70 cats he trapped. About 60 were too feral or too sick to be adoptable and had to be euthanized, McIntyre said.

A humane officer from Animal Friends in Ohio Township was called in to assist, spokeswoman Kathleen Beaver said, but the officer's role was limited because the landlord had already contracted McIntyre to do the actual removal.

The officer took seven cats, including several kittens in need of neonatal care, back to the shelter; McIntyre dropped off two more on Friday, Beaver said. Animal Friends is trying to locate the cats' owner, she said.

Mt. Lebanon commissioners previously debated cat leashing, licensing or restrictions in 2012 but never got a majority to pass any ordinances.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.