Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thief River Falls case prompts animal hoarding discussion

CROOKSTON, Minn. - “I don’t think anybody intentionally wants to be a hoarder. I think they think they’re providing a home,” said Tracey Janisch, manager of the Humane Society of Polk County shelter in Crookston.

She helped remove more than 60 cats from a house recently, she said. “And there’s still more.”
It’s the biggest example of animal hoarding she’s seen since she joined the shelter in 2008.

“Animal hoarding is different because there’s an emotional attachment,” said psychologist Denise Gudvangen. “Animals meet an emotional need that hoarders did not get with human relationships.”..."  More

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