Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mental health officials discuss animal hoarding

By J.R. Williams, NV Daily

Experts say the lives of "animal hoarders" typically are marked by withdrawal and psychological instability masked by a desire to protect their companions.

"They don't see suffering and filth. They see their family," said Gary J. Patronek, vice president of animal welfare at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and co-author of a study on animal hoarding published recently in Clinical Psychology Review.

"They see a peaceable kingdom," he said. "Even though it's very hard to imagine, this is their point of security. It's not about the animals. It's about what the animal does for them."..  More

Mayn14, 2009: 192 Cats Found in Va. Mobile Home

STEPHENS CITY, Va. - A Frederick County woman could face animal cruelty charged after officials took 200 cats from her trailer in Stephens City. It is the worst cat hoarding case in 30 years.  "It was horrendous to put it mildly. There was feces and cat urine. The urine was 2-3 feet up on the wall," explained Frederick County Sheriff's Office Major Robert Eckman.  The cats are in a shelter now, but many are sick and some have even died-- many are pregnant. They are now at the Frederick County Animal Shelter in Winchester, Virginia.  FOX 5 obtained pictures inside the trailer. Authorities say it took two days to capture them all...

The cats' owner is a 50-year-old Linda MCLaughlin, who lived alone. She could get charged with animal cruelty...  More & video

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