Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Animal Hoarding Becoming a Problem in the Northwoods

By: Matt Doyle

A lot of people have multiple pets.

But for some, the love of animals becomes so great they can't give them up or refuse to.

To the point the animal is no longer an animal to its owner.

"You're just collecting them like you would items because it makes you feel good," Jennifer Primich, the Director of the Humane Society of Vilas County, says.

She says hoarding creates problems for the animals and the humans.

"In a lot of cases with hoarders they're not spaying and neutering," Primich says.

"When they have a new batch of puppies, kittens, whatever they have, it makes them feel good temporarily. Then they get overwhelmed as they grow up, they don't get them fixed because they're financially broke, and then it turns around and back builds again. When they can't take care of themselves because there are too many animals, it's a sad case for the animals and the human."

The definition of animal hoarding from the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium is having more than the typical number of companion animals and failing to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care..."

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