Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Dangers and Risks of Animal Hoarding

By Sara Le

In an attempt to learn the true reasoning behind animal hoarding, which has been an issue amongst some animal owners for a great many years, veterinarians and animal rights activists have taken their research to a new and heightened level. What has been discovered lives in the realm of the human psyche, and medical definitions for this type of disorder are likened to forms of dementia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and disillusionment. When animal hoarding as a psychological disorder is brought to the court room, it is much more difficult to actually hold an individual responsible for the neglect and cruelty often discovered in such cases. The health and welfare of humans still far outweighs that of any animal species, and as such will leave the suffering of hoarded animals without justice.

Animal hoarding is very different from the blatant abuse or neglect of an animal, as the person involved is genuinely and deeply attached to the many animals that they collect. This usually results in an absolutely filthy and unsanitary home environment for everyone involved, including the person who suffers this disorder. Most hoarded animals are never trained, bathed, or allowed outdoors, and those who are outdoors will be confined to extremely small places. As the disorder and the animal population grow more cumbersome, most hoarded animals will fall ill due to malnourishment. There is seldom enough water or food, or enough energy from the owner, to take care of everyone. The smaller and weaker animals will fall most quickly to animal hoarding, as the home environment becomes a matter of survival of the fittest..." More