Monday, November 23, 2009

Experts: Animal hoarding a growing problem

LEE COUNTY: Animal Services says more animals are being found in unthinkable living conditions and that it’s a growing problem.

Officials with Lee County Animal Services say the number of hoarding cases it has responded to has doubled this year.

For years Andrea Jones, who works for Lee County Animal Services, has been fighting for the four legged. She says it's never easy when animals are part of a hoarding case.

“They're fighting for their own food. They're fighting for water. They're eating the feces of other animals to survive. It's a very hard thing to see,” said Jones.

Ria Brown, also with Lee County Animal Services, says she is seeing more animals coming from horrible living conditions.

“It's people that collect too many things - whether they're in good condition, bad condition, useful or not to the point it disrupts their whole life. Sometimes they actually collect animals,” she said. “I believe we've seen some of the most extreme cases that you could probably see anywhere in the country.”.." More & video