animals, including newborn kittens, rescued from alleged hoarding home

August 14, 2019, Pomona, CA –Ruth Gerlach was arrested on August 14th for animal cruelty charges from her residence on the 2400 Block of Merrywood in the City of Pomona. Several complaints from nearby residents prompted the investigation of the Pomona home. Ms. Gerlach was arrested on the property and released on site.

Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA was advised about a possible hoarding situation on Merrywood in Pomona. Pomona PD and IVHS served a search warrant to enter the property and evaluate the living conditions of the animals. Upon approaching the residence, officials noticed the potent smell coming from Ms. Gerlach’s home. Sixteen cats and one dog have been rescued from the property, which had several areas covered in feces and cat urine. This includes 5 newborn kittens.

The home has now been deemed uninhabitable by the city of Pomona. Humane officers have set traps to catch the remaining cats who have access to the outside through a hole in the wall of the home.

Ms. Gerlach has refused to sign over the animals, who will be in the care of the shelter as animal cruelty charges are filed.

All animals were assessed on site for any trauma or emergency care. The animals are receiving further evaluation and are being cared for by the veterinary staff of Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA.

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The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA would like to remind everyone to always report abuse or animal neglect if they see it, to us or their local Animal Control Service/Shelter.

The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community. For more information, contact IVHS at or by phone at 909-623-9777.