Hoarding has become a common term over the past year, with television shows popping up on nearly every network documenting this disorder and how it can destroy someone’s life and home.
One type of hoarding is animal hoarding, which is featured in the Animal Planet show Confessions: Animal Hoarding. We’ve seen news stories about animal hoarding becoming more prevalent over the past few months, including this recent one:
In Jefferson County, Ohio, police found over 100 pitbulls, plus snakes, wild boars, turkeys, ducks, and other types of birds in a home on County Road 23. The animals were clearly being neglected. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said this is one of the worst cases he has seen, and the condition inside the home “certainly isn’t livable.” The homeowner is currently in jail facing a slew of charges because weapons and drugs were also found on the property. The humane society is trying to care for the hundreds of animals on the property because they have nowhere else to put them at this time.
Dr. Gary Patronek, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, founded the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, or HARC. He reported to the Boston Globe that an estimated 3,000 cases involving 250,000 animals are reported each year, but many more go unreported. While the stereotypical animal hoarder is an older woman who lives alone, this illness affects all ages, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. In fact, a podiatrist and his wife were charged this month with 39 counts of animal cruelty for hoarding animals in their home in Solon, OH, an affluent suburb of Cleveland.
These animals cannot possibly receive the care and attention they need and deserve living in these homes with hundreds of other animals. If you notice a home with a large number of pets, please report it to your local authorities so that someone can check into what is going on there. A simple phone call can result in hundreds of animals being rescued and adopted into loving homes.