I had found this Abandoned Hilltop Mansion but had no idea what the situation was. You cannot see it from the road so we had to just drive up hoping it was something abandoned! One fall day in 2022, Zenning with Zay & I took a chance to check it out. Sure enough, it was abandoned!
From the outside it looked pretty amazing! We couldn't wait to get inside & explore it. There were some large holes in the roof & it as clear it had been abandoned for a while. The strange thing is that on Google maps it was definitely active.
When I opened the we were in absolute shock at the state of this place. It too a minute to even grasp what had been going on here but it quick became clear. There were animals that seemingly had to run of the mansion unsupervised. It wasn't until six months later did I discover the truth behind this place. I had taken a picture of a credit card wit a name on it for research purposes but completely forgot I had. I had planed on waiting a while before posting this one so I didn't do any research. I had also found a health card there but it as from an elderly women & turned up nothing..
As you can tell, I loved the look of this place! It was so decrepit as it stood atop the hill. I am sure it was a beautiful place at one time with a million dollar view. So back to the story. The gentleman's which I found did reveal a lot of information. The man was a breeder of essentially a mutt. From what I read the breed was not recognized but this may have changed. Back in the 1970s a group of breeders got together four different breeds. These were bred with the intention of creating the ideal therapy dog. The man who's name I had found was listed on forums etc as being a breeder which aligned but there was so much more going on.
Right away this place had bad vibes. It didn't take too long to realize that what was happening here was pretty awful. The dog crates all had several inches of dried poop in them. There is really no other way to describe it other than squalor. There was a main floor bedroom & it too had several inches of compacted, dried poop. In fact, the bedroom bathroom was biohazards. What you can't see in the photos but can in the video is the fact the dogs had at one point chewed a hole through the wall. Clearly some had been locked inside for so long they had to break free.
Here's where things get bad. I was researching all I could as clearly something here was not right. It started with this man being the breeder for this articular breed. I read many review & testimonials that all seemed good up until around 2012. This aligned with the last dates I found inside the Abandoned Hilltop Mansion. From numerous posts it seemed this guy was running a shady operation. Nobody was allowed to see the environment which the litters were raised in. He would show up with a dog & basically say take it or leave it without letting your choose our own. These went on & on. There were warnings & even comments saying this guy is dangerous & not playing with a full deck. So far from what I saw here, all that checks out. There was one very detailed comment advising this guy was a collector which explains the entire room full of bird cages. As well said he was a broker for a few puppy mills. I kinda feel this was a bigger operation than what was assumed.
I also found that the man had attempted to trademark the breed in 2012 however the application was listed as dead in 2014 due to "Interruption of proceeding". It seemed 2012 was the end of this operation. Posts kept saying they were no longer hearing from him & more & more negative reviews came out. There was even a MASSIVE backlash at a Toronto editorial which listed these starting at $1200 mutts as great Christmas gifts. This one article had HUNDREDS of angry comments! There were complaints of the temperament, & various other behavioral issues. These are often caused by poor environment, inbreeding etc.
It was around 2013 when it seems this man fell off the map. There is still contact information out there but it seems its all old or disconnected. I couldn't find anything about an obituary or criminal charges. Now for my conclusions. This was his parents house & he was living with them until they passed. I believe the husband passed on before his wife & was stricken to the main floor bedroom. The women had a bedroom upstairs with the roof caved in. Her name was on a chest in the room as well as the health card. By now her health was failing & the son had really expanded his "breeding" operation to now use the main floor. I suspect the mother either passed or moved into assisted living. At the same time, I feel this man's mental health was going. As the house decayed it could have lead to health problems. The fact none of the bathrooms were remotely usable & the dozens, if not hundreds of pee bottles all over the bedroom tell a very clear story. The house was basically unlivable. I think at some point he left, was removed or passed on & the nightmare was over. This Abandoned Hilltop Mansion was one very sad place. It was bad exploring it but only got worse with research & filling in missing pieces.