Family’s home trashed while on vacation

A family from Buffalo say they returned home from vacation to find their home trashed by a bunch of high school kids during a huge party attended by friends of their teenaged cat-sitter.

The homeowners, Kristen Segebarth and Steven Binder, are now struggling to get reimbursed for damages.

“This was a desecration of our home,” Binder told News 4.  He described the condition of his house a “nightmare” after the teenage drinking party.

The couple found destroyed furniture, holes in the wall and stains in the carpet, some which would make you sick.  They described “human feces, urine and vomit in numerous places throughout the house” as some of what they found.

Segebarth and Binder say that their 17 year-old cat-sitter had access to the house and threw a party that was attended by approximately 50 students from City Honors, Nardin and Canisius High School.

The cat-sitter was a friend of the couple’s daughter, Zoe, who is a senior at City Honors.

“We knew her. At least we thought we knew her,” Binder said of his daughter’s friend.

Zoe found photos on Facebook and Twitter of students passed out in her home and comments about how crazy the party was.

Most disturbing of all was a video Zoe discovered online which shows students trashing her bedroom and even urinating on her bed.

Binder says he assumed the cat-sitter’s family would pay for the damages but instead the family has hired a lawyer.

“We have not heard anything from them indicating what they are going to do about it,” Binder said.

In addition to the damage that insurance will cover is thousands of dollars of stolen cash and jewelry.

The family also says they feel personally violated.  “It crosses the line when you destroy people’s property and you steal from them. That changes the nature of a drunken party. Not that the drunken party should be excused in the first place,” Binder said.

Calls to the cat-sitter, her mother and the family’s attorney were not returned.  Binder and Segebarth have not yet hired a lawyer but after four weeks of trying to settle the matter privately, they say they may have no other choice. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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