Animal Hoarding In The News
San Francisco Bay Area Internet Guide for Extreme Hoarding Behavior

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Marshall the "miracle" dog story turning into a movie.


The Jamestown Sun, ND, July 9, 2013

by Kari Lucin

Animal Hoarding: No easy solution to help hoarders of Pets

"Picking an animal hoarder out from a crowd of other pet owners isn’t necessarily easy — and neither is defining the problem.....", Ottawa, Canada, May 9, 2012
By Jessica Smith

Well intentioned, but accused of cat hoarding
Prior to 2009, animal welfare societies could only lay charges when they could
prove willful harm to an animal. Now humane societies and SPCAs in Ontario can
charge people with animal cruelty under a provincial law when an animal has been
in distress and the owner hasn’t stopped it, said OHS inspector Miriam Smith. With
about 1,200 investigations a year, the Ottawa Humane Society is laying more animal
cruelty charges and finding more people in need of help....."

News Journal on line, Daytona Beach, FL., March 29, 2012
By Cindy Swirko
Hoarders of 700 cats ordered to pay $6000,000 to Humane Society
"The owners of the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, from which 697 cats were seized in a case
of hoarding last year, pleaded no contest Thursday to 47 counts of animal cruelty and were
sentenced to 15 years of probation along with fines and a prohibition on owning or rescuing
any cats.....must enter mandatory mental health treatment for hoarding. ...  They must submit
to inspections by the county to ensure there are no cats."Mann said."

Columbus Dispatch, Ohio, November 20, 2011

By Mary Beth Lane

Animal Hoarders put animals and self at risk

“How many animals is hoarding? It’s less of a number than a failure to recognize
when you can no longer care for the animals,” said Ashley Mauceri, deputy director
of animal-cruelty investigations for the Humane Society of the United States. Hoarders
don’t mean to hurt their anim
als and, despite all obvious signs, often don’t realize that
they are..." ".........
Their cooperation impressed humane agents Kris Webb and Danyel
Bageant, who returned to the Millers house cats Lil 8, Neon and Shy, and hound mix
T-Bone after having them neutered. That is all the animals they are permitted.“We don’t
always return animals,” Webb said. “Karen and Ron are nice people. They just had a
problem they needed help with.”              

Huffington, September 21, 2011
Berwyn animal hoarders defend squalid conditions that may have teens death.
( video )

The News, Freemont, Ohio, September 15, 2011
By Mark Tower

Hoarding: Humane societies find too many animals in homes
"Hoarding has become, all of a sudden, a recognized problem," Freedheim said.
"Because there is more attention on it right now, there seems to be more cases of it,
but they are likely just old cases coming to light."

CLTV, Illinois, September 9, 2011
By Christy Gutowski and Matt Walberg, Tribune reporter Jim Jaworski and
freelance reporter Clifford Ward contributed

Mother investigated after boy dies, home found overrun with animals
"A day after her son died of pneumonia, a Berywn woman was being investigated
by police and child welfare officials after authorities removed nearly 200 animals --
including birds, 
cats, a fruit bat and a raccoon — from the home where she lived
with her five children, officials said Friday."
overrun-with-animals-20110909,0,2800907.story, August 23, 2011
By Jill Cowan

Local Psychologist gets at human heart of 'animal hoarding ' on reality show.
"....Still, Gonzales said, seeing healing processes begin -- for human relationships
and animals alike -- "makes it all worthwhile."

Animal Hoarding-Cantankerous Old Fart August 1, 2011
A Personal Account- Blog

"When does gathering animals and caring for them cross the line from being a hobby and a passion to a problem,

a mental disorder, a life threatening issue for man and beast?  In truth, I think it may be seldom recognized except

in situations where finances or health do not allow the continued quality care of the animals involved.....", Nevada, July 7, 2011

Sentencing Delayed for Alleged Spanish Springs Hoarders
Note comment from Animal Planet
Hoarding_Nearly_50_Pets_Sentenced_125177114.html, June 29, 2011

81 Cats found in Cicero home had to be Euthanized, many others found dead

According to UPI, Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania said the cats were taken to
the Animal Care League in Oak Park for evaluation, included was testing each
cat for feline leukemia, a highly contagious disease among cats. The cats were confirmed positive."

Pet Talk, June 26, 2011
Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.
Animal Hoarding Cases Growing Across the U.S.
"The nature of hoarding leads to deficits in basic areas of care such as providing food,
medical care, and attending to sanitation," says Bergeron.
"Thus, hoarding can lead to starvation, lack of medical treatment, and increased risk of
disease transmission. Hoarding can be very dangerous for the animal. Increased animal
suffering and death are potential consequences if hoarding behaviors persist and are chronic."

Animal Hoarding News and Info.,
Gia's Blog, Charleston Co., SC., May 18, 2011
Underweight malnourished, dead animals taken from home
Animal hoarding: The who, why, and where.
Interview with Gia of Animal Hoarding : Alone in a crowded room

The Tennessean, February 22, 2011
by Randy Moomaw
Animal Control challenged by hoarding  cases
"...There are three common telltale signs of hoarding,” Josephson said. “One, they don’t
know how many animals they have. Two, the animals have no names. They’re one huge
sea of need. And three, they aren’t aware of illness, injury or other health issues of the animals.
They tend to think the animals are fine because they’ve been saved....”

Psychology Today  February 21, 2011
by Jessie Sholl
Animal Hoarding: One Dog's Story

NBC TODAY Show - Inside the World of Animal Hoarders January 1, 2011
NBC TODAY Show Dr. Karen Cassiday, a clinical psychologist, looks into the bizarre problem
of animal hoarding and talks with a recovering hoarder about this issue. VIDEO

Confessions Animal Hoarding- Animal Planet's New Show
CONFESSIONS: ANIMAL HOARDING is a new docu-reality series that takes an unflinching, honest look
at animal hoarding, the people and pets affected, and the challenges of confronting this psychological
condition. Animal hoarding is defined as the compulsive need to possess and control animals and often
involves the acquisition of a high and unmanageable number of animals. Features Dr. Gary Patronek Founder,
Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, Boston and Karen Lynn Cassiday,Ph.D. Owner and Clinical Director
of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Chicago.
Episode Guide San Francisco, California,
December 31, 2010
Animal abuse: State ranks 5th for protecting pets
"according to a comparative study released this month by the Sonoma County-based
animal legal defense fund. California does not require counseling and treatment for
hoarders despite the fact that almost everyone who commits this type of crime is a repeat

Batavia Sun Times, Illinois, November 10, 2010

by Denis Baran Unland
Animal overload: How many pets is too many?
Clinical psychologist Dr. Daniel J. Moran has been traveling all over the country helping people confront their
hoarding in his role on two TV shows that utilize his expertise: Animal Planet’s “Confessions: Animal Hoarding”
and the Discovery Channel’s “Hoarders: Buried Alive.” "..........“I think I’m making a difference,” Moran said. “These
shows are promoting the idea that hoarding is a problem and that people can be helped.”, September 22, 2010
by Steve Dale
When Animal Rescuers Become Animal Hoarders
"A fascinating story from and Sue Manning and timely one.
Is there a fine line between a heroic animal rescuer and animal hoarder?
Rescues and shelters now make up a quarter of the estimated 6,000 new hoarding
cases reported in the U.S. each year, said Dr. Randall Lockwood, ASPCA's senior
vice president of forensic sciences and anticruelty projects. He said 20 years ago,
fewer than five percent of hoarding cases include rescues and shelters.",
September 5, 2010
by Ingrid Newkirk, President and founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,
Hoarders hurt animals: Op-Ed
"Animal hoarding was a dirty secret until hoarders appeared on our TV screens and showed how
they are compelled to collect so many dogs, cats or parrots that the animals end up in cages only
inches bigger than their own bodies. For life.", September 4, 2010
by Sue Manning, AP
Some 'rescuers' become animal hoarders
"Rescues and shelters now make up a quarter of the estimated 6,000 new hoarding cases reported
in the U.S. each year, said Randall Lockwood of the ASPCA. ...It remains a mystery how someone
goes from trying to rescue animals to stockpiling them without food, water or basic care. No single
trigger has been found, but dementia, addiction, attachment disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder
and other psychological problems are often blamed.", September 3, 2010
by Alan Gionet

Animal Hoarding Often a Sign of Mental Illness
"In fact the response to the animal once it's been rescued is very different than the initial
reaction to help that animal ... In many cases it might be a form of ignoring or neglect itself,
there's even been evidence to suggest the individual might not even see the animal....That
may help explain some of the horrific conditions found in hoarding cases. People suffering
almost a delusional level of not being able to recognize that animal is present can ignore the
animals' basic needs."....said associate professor Philip Tedeschi of the Insitutute for Human -
Animal Connection at D.U.'s Graduate School of Social Work."


Huffington Post, July 21, 2010
Animal Hoarders Out of Control Need Intervention and Treatment- VIDEO


Today Show, July 20, 2010
by Mike Celizic
Animal hoarder: I’d rather go without husband than pets


NY, July 2, 2010
Confessions: Animal Hoarding: The Most Depressing Reality Show of All Time
United Business Media newswire, PRN Newswire, July, 2010
Explores the Human Impact and Animal Toll of Animal Hoarding

Sentinel Source. Com, New Hampshire, USA, June 18, 2010
Area hoarders surrender pets
by Josh Stilts
"Stephanie S. Frommer, a state animal cruelty investigator and the director of field services for the
Monadnock Humane Society, headed the investigations that led to the voluntary forfeiture of at
least 80 cats, 25 dogs and eight horses from three different properties in Cheshire County. Because
the owners voluntarily gave up their animals, Frommer is withholding their names, towns
 of residence and other identifying information. No criminal charges are pending, though Frommer
said the cases will remain open."

"Patronek, author of the article “Hoarding of Animals: An Under-Recognized Public Health Problem
in a Difficult-to-Study Population,” which appeared in the journal Public Health Reports, said most
hoarders have lost control of some aspect of their life and are replacing that loss of control with the
animals’ dependence."
, June 13, 2010
Early intervention key in preventing animal hoarding cases
by Chloe White Kennedy
"It is estimated that 250,000 animals are victims of hoarding each year - East Tennessee has seen several
serious hoarding cases over the last few months - and officials stress that early intervention is key. "If we
can catch (animal hoarding cases) early, the better we can help the people, and the better we can help the animals,"
said Young-Williams Animal Center Executive Director Tim Adams"                                                                                                             June 3, 2010
San Jose: 30 rescued cats still need new homes
by Kunda Goldston
"Thirty of the 108 cats rescued from a hoarder in San Jose last month still need homes 
and eight of them — semi-ferals — could use a good barn or backyard to hang out in"
, Louisiana, May 15, 2010
How Many Animals Are Too Many?
By Angela Hill
, May 7, 2010
San Jose woman was hoarding 108 cats
by Linda Goldstone
, April 15, 2010
Groups push for animal abuse registry
"...Supporters of an animal abuse registry in Oregon said abusers of pets and of people look for
small and vulnerable targets...."

SF, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco CA , March 14, 2010
Open Forum: Animal abuse registry is to protect animals
By Dean Flor


NBC-2 News on line, Fort Meyers, Florida, February 24, 2010

Special Report: Animal Hoarders
"It's a constant battle for hoarders and a constant challenge for animal control. 
The likelihood that this reoccur without some type of intervention is almost a
hundred percent.                                                                                                                                  

The Providence Journal
, Rhode Island ,, January 30, 2010
" 'Those were my babies....' - animal hoarding is a complex psychological problem"
by Michael P.McKinney
"Patronek, the Tufts University professor, also founded the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium,
which did a study that called animal hoarding “a problem that few people recognize
as an important community concern and even fewer people study.” It urged more research and better
communication among agencies that respond to animal hoarding “in order to better identify,
rehabilitate, and monitor hoarders.”
Effingham Daily News, Illinois, September 21, 2009
Cat Smell Concerns Neighbors
by Bill Grimes


Greene County Record, Virginia, August 29, 2009
Increasing reports of animal abuse and animal hoarding

Report by Alex Carrier

Local New Jersey News, August 21, 2009
Hillside woman hoarding cats previously had ......
by Erin Eileen O'Neil for the Star Ledger

Look for Animal Cops Specials for 2009
Extreme Hoarders


Helping Animals World Wide, Blog Spot April 20, 2009
Summary of pending, passed, or tabled state legislation related to
hoarding animals and puppy mills in various states.
Gazette, Albany, April 18, 2009
Too many animals

An informative blog with tips on responsible rescue - Feral Cats, April 12, 2009
How not to be a Crazy Cat Lady

La Cruces Sun-News April 4, 2009
Law will shift animal welfare costs to violators
by Diana Alba, reporter

Canine Corner blogspot, April 2009
Its All in a Name

An informative blog with tips on responsible recue - Feral Cats, April 12, 2009
How not to be a Crazy Cat Lady
Encyclopedia Britannica- Advocacy For Animals February 9, 2009
Prisoners of "Love" - the Victims of Animal Hoarding
NEWS TIMES, Forest Grove, OR ,   December 17, 2008
Animal hoarding should be reported quickly
By Martin Mersereau

San Diego Tribune
, AP Oxnard, October 25, 2008
Severe case of Animal Hoarding 
Animal Hoarding suspect arrested
Sauk - Lee County, Illinois August 11, 2008
Workers, officials look back on worst hoarding case in Illinois
By Tara Becker

Bakersfield .com
  Saturday, Aug 16 2008 12:00 PM 
Animal hoarding: Why do they do it?

Belleville News Democrat,  USA - May 27, 2008
by Jennifer A. Brown
Photographs led to the passage of the Illinois Companion Animal Hoarder Act in 2002,
which increased all penalties for animal cruelty.


The Eagle Tribune, New Hampshire, February 17,2008
Victims of hoarding: Animal hoarders' behavior has serious effects on animals, people,
and the agencies that clean up after them.
by Margo Sullivan
Hoarding is driven by strong emotions, including fear and guilt, along with a need for
attachment, according to Gail Steketee, of the Boston University College of Social Work.


February 8, 2008

How many pets are too many?

14 News Investigates: House of Hoarders

14 News Investigates: House of Hoarders pt. 2   -   February 8, 2008

Blogcritics Magazine, January 25, 2008
Sometimes Love Isn't Enough - Animal Hoarding Horror in Southern California

by Purple Tigress

Humane Society of the United States Jan 24, 2008
The HSUS Assists in Rescuing Dogs From Hoarding Situation
GABBS, Nev. – The Humane Society of the United States deployed to assist in a hoarding case
of a woman whose mother passed away and left 149 dogs. Many did not have water and had
digestive issues that indicated they had gone through long periods of time without food or water.


Hesperia, CA December 3, 2007
Child endangerment/ animal abuse/hoarding - Cape Town, South Africa, September 3, 2007
What is hoarding? Why do people hoard animals?
Caledon, two elderly ladies, one house, 160 cats. And now the SPCA has moved in.,28055.asp


Wood TV Grand Rapids Michigan, June 8, 2007
Its a Meow Luau at Humane society
By Kristi Anderson
It's okay to bring in your overload of extra cats for adoption.
Save yourself from prosecution! Read this.

The Village Voice, May 1st, 2007 2:18 PM
The Conquering Hoard Sniffing Out Animal Lovers Who Care Too Much
By Kristen Lombardi,lombardi,76521,2.html

, Ark. Case... Press Release on Jan. 8, 2007
PETA calls for ban on owning animals, Psychiatric intervention if alleged animal abusers are convicted.

Quad - Cities Online -
Rock Island, Il
Kim Into, Director of Animal Sheltering issues for the Humane Society of the U.S.said ....
"The solution to animal hoarding is not a single-agency approach.. In other words, many people believe it's
solely the responsibility of the local animal shelter.  We say it should be various agencies such as animal
control, police, code enforcement, human services, health department, elder services."

Herald-Mail.Com, December 10, 2006
Animal hoarding called a mental health concern
by Pepper Ballard 
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Animal control officers used to call them "collectors."

Nashua Telegraph (subscription) - Nashua, NH, USA November 9, 2006

Some 60 cats found in ‘hoarding’ situation

... being taken from a barn-like outbuilding in Milford, where they were kept in unsanitary conditions
by a man who was exhibiting classic signs of pet
hoarding ... Go to:

Capital News Service, WTOP Washington D.C., September 28, 2006 
"Animal Hoarding Is a Complex Problem"     
People collect lots of things -- salt shakers, antiques, other inanimate objects -- but when they start to
collect animals by the hundreds, so many they're unable to care for them, it crosses a line.

WHITEFORD, Md., September 12, 2006 5:49 pm US/Eastern
Animal Hoarder Claims Mental Disorder In Court
The woman accused of abusing more than 100 dogs in her two Whiteford homes went before a

Harford County judge this morning as her lawyer argued that a mental disorder is really to blame for the crime.

COLUMBIA, Md., September 12, 2006
Authorities said all of the animals impounded were very sick or already dead.
Howard County animal control officers have filed criminal charges against two women living in a house
where 75 cats were seized last month.

Slate Magazine, July 19,2005
What’s the Deal with the “Cat Ladies”
By Daniel Engber

April 2000, Vol. XVII, Issue 4
People Who Hoard Animals

By The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium,
Corresponding Author Randy Frost, Ph.D.

From: Animal People, January/February 1999

Animals in bondage: the hoarding mind
An article about seven cases, statistics on dog, cat, and horse hoarding, and enabling behavior.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-ASPCA
Animal Hoarding FAQ
Answers to many questions about animal hoarding