Television shows dedicated to uncovering hoarders are painting a clearer image of animal hoarding.
Normally dogs are removed from puppy mills in cages, but sometimes, it's from a rescue where the animals need rescuing. Many times, rescue owners get carried away and end up hoarding animals, creating unhealthy conditions.
But rather than helping the animals, they're only hurting them.
Dr. Michael Rice, UNMC Mental Health Specialist, says, "Where it becomes a problem, clinically we would define as one begins to affect their health, their safety, the health and safety of other individuals."
Rice studies behaviors related to hoarding. He separates hoarders into three groups: The delusional, who have odd belief systems and are convinced they hoard for a specific reason; the obsessive compulsive, who collect things even though they know it's irrational but are unable to stop; and the attachment group, who believe they can relate better to animals than they can to humans.
Rice says, "They will tell you they relate to the animals. Each of the animals has a personality. They attribute human features to the animals far more than most people do."
The ASPCA says the people who are around hoarders, tend to make it worse..." More & video
This blog was created to keep you up-to-date on animal hoarding and large scale animal news and cruelty.
Because hoarding and OCD disorders often overlap, we will also list news and information related to these topics, and how these illness's affect the hoarder, their family and friends, but most of all the animals, that suffer... "alone in a crowded room".
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