Monday, November 21, 2011

Animal Hoarders

By: Paul Harrop
Right now, animal care professionals across Texoma are bracing for the next animal hoarding call. Humane Society leaders say the situations place a burden on their ability to help pets in need. Just one year ago a woman went to court in Young County after officials found dozens of animals living in these conditions. There was filth all over, and several animals had to be put down. 
Hoarding situations are hard and draining. "We've had several situations in the last year and half and it is a huge drain on our budget, thousands and thousands of dollars," said Kim Baxter, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Young County. 
Baxter says the hoarders start out with a good heart and an open door. "People that are hoarding animals truly believe they are doing the best thing for the animals. They think that no one else can take care of the animals like they are," she said. 
Rarely is that the case. "Generally they are living in filthy, horrible conditions; feces and urine caked everywhere on the animals. It's just horrible. A lot of them are malnourished, a lot of times you will find deceased animals in the house that are just left wherever they passed away," said Baxter. .."  More & video

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