Thursday, May 26, 2011

Medina SPCA Trying to Combat Animal Hoarding Problem

The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is attempting to form an animal hoarding task force.

Stephanie Moore, director of the MSPCA, is working with city and county officials to create a team that can help both the animals and hoarder.

According to Moore, there is a need for mental health professionals to assist hoarders after their animals are taken from their homes, and to work with them to prevent repeat hoarding episodes.

There is also a need for agencies to find homes for the hoarder since the properties are usually uninhabitable.

At a recent horrendous case of animal hoarding in Chippewa Lake, both the homeowner and her daughter had no place to stay. Moore and her Humane Officer found a church for them to stay at for a few days until a more permanent home could be located.

The task force would also focus on early intervention to stop this growing problem.

It's estimated that there is one animal hoarder every 20 miles in both urban and rural settings..." More

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