Monday, March 7, 2011

Hoarders Hurt Animals

By: Dan Paden

Most of us knew very little about hoarding until reality TV shows took us inside homes filled with mountains of trash, piles of clothing, bags and boxes of unused items and more. Many of these homes are so disordered that there isn't even a path from one room to the next - occupants must literally climb over piles of clutter.

Hoarding "things" is bad enough. The filthy conditions in these homes can threaten the physical health of those who live there, and the seemingly endless stacks and piles, which often block doors and windows, pose a serious safety risk. But as a new PETA undercover investigation reveals, when people compulsively accumulate large numbers of animals, often under the delusion that they're "saving" them, the situation quickly becomes abusive or even deadly. It's up to all of us to prevent this from happening.

Over the last few months, a PETA investigator documented one woman's systematic, daily neglect of cats at Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary (SVAS), a hoarding facility hidden away in an industrial area in Myrtle Beach, S.C. About 300 cats were kept caged, most for 24 hours a day, in an unventilated storage facility crammed with stacks of crates and carriers. The cats had no room to stretch or walk around and no way to escape the stench of urine and overflowing piles of feces. When I visited SVAS, I nearly vomited from the ammonia rising from the filthy litterboxes.

Many cats had been in this hellhole for years..." More

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