Monday, June 15, 2009

Animal hoarding: Its roots and recognition

Because you are likely to encounter an animal hoarder, familiarize yourself with the signs of hoarding and build relationships now with the authorities you can turn to for support.

By: Gary J. Patronek, VMD, PhD, Veterinary Medicine

IN OUR PROFESSION, we regularly discuss the veterinarian's role in recognizing and reporting suspicions of deliberate animal abuse.1-3 It is a positive step for the profession, for animals, and for society that veterinary medicine has embraced responsibility for preventing cruelty to animals. But we also need to attend to a more subtle and less well understood form of severe cruelty: the chronic, large-scale neglect that occurs with animal hoarding..." More