Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Drives People To Hoard Animals?

Hoarding is a very serious psychological issue. A lot of us can't understand how people can live that way.

But we've seen a number of cases of animal hoarding in the past few weeks in spots all over the area, from South Philadelphia to Upper Darby.

Cats, dogs, other pets all involved in these cases.

Sometimes, as in last night's case, more exotic, unusual creatures are involved, like as alligator and iguanas.

A search warrant for a home on the 900 block of Shunk Street was issued after the homeowner, a man believed to be about 60 years old, was picked up by police out in front of the house- naked.

Inside this makeshift zoo were two dozen animals, more than half of which were already dead or died overnight.

The roster included everything from cat and dog, to turtles and a tarantula...

The surviving critters included a pair of white rats, a couple of turtles and two roosters.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Marla Deibler says hoarding is a very real disorder and that animal hoarding often follows other addictive collecting. .."

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