Written by Michelle Kretzer
crate on a slab of concrete is no home for a dog. But 21 dogs being held by a
Florida hoarder each had only a crate and a dirty piece of bedding inside a
concrete-floored kennel to call home. All the dogs were filthy and unaltered
and denied regular veterinary care. And their exposed outdoor kennel gave them
little protection from the myriad dangers that they faced, including other
animals and cruel people.
PETA was tipped off about the hoarder, we contacted officials with the county's
animal services division and urged them to convince her to do the best thing
for the dogs: to surrender them. Animal services talked to the hoarder and told
us that, as is often the case in hoarding situations, the woman had taken in
too many dogs and quickly become overwhelmed.
agreed to surrender the dogs, who fortunately were all still friendly and in
relatively good health, even after living in such deplorable conditions. After
some much-needed vet care, grooming, and spaying or neutering, every dog was relocated
through animal services and local humane societies and put up for adoption.
people who hoard material possessions, animal hoarders usually suffer from mental illness. They fail to provide
for animals' basic physical and social needs, and the animals suffer as a
result. If you suspect an animal- hoarding case in your area, please alert
police and animal control immediately.
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here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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