Dr. Randy Frost, a psychology professor and the world’s leading expert on compulsive hoarding, told The Province the most extreme cases usually involve animals. That doesn’t surprise Marcie Moriarty, head of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA.
Moriarty says over the past few years she is dealing with an increasing load of hoarding cases, with at least one investigation per month. On a typical case, SPCA staff enter suspect homes wearing face masks and rubber suits. They’re assaulted with the acrid stench of urine, feces, and rotting garbage. Often they seize between 50 and 100 animals, mostly cats. And it’s not uncommon for investigators to find decaying pet carcasses hidden in piles of debris and filth..." More