Thursday, July 12, 2012

Animal hoarding requires intervention

Barbara Bonsignore

If you watch the television show Hoarders, you will notice the variety of things that people clutter up their lives with. The most tragic of all are the cases where people hoard animals.
Hoarding is a serious psychological disorder often precipitated by a life-changing event, such as death of a loved one. People turn to animals to fill the void in their lives. They frequently feel that no one can take care of their animals the way they do. Hoarders insulate themselves from friends and family by taking in so many animals that soon there is no room for anyone else. They usually run out of time and money to properly care for the animals they hoard.
Soon, litter boxes overflow with feces and urine, and un-housebroken dogs relieve themselves everywhere. The cramped living space stinks of ammonia, food may be spilled everywhere, attracting vermin; fleas and ticks abound. I knew a hoarder in whose house rats and mice freely shared feeding bowls with the resident cats.
Animal victims of hoarders fill up shelters when rescued, causing financial hardship and stressing shelter workers to the max.
If you suspect someone is an animal hoarder, it is important that you try to go inside the residence legally, perhaps under the pretense of dropping off an animal. Private property can only be searched by the authorities after a warrant is obtained..."  More

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