Cat Hoarding Case Update

Cat Hoarding Case Update

There are 3 comments on the WCJB-TV Gainesville story from Jun 19, 2011, titled Cat Hoarding Case Update. In it, WCJB-TV Gainesville reports that:

The fall out from one of the nation's biggest animal hoarding cases continues...along with efforts to help.

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Since: May 11

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#1 Jun 20, 2011
Thank you so much for bring this issue to our attention.

I'm a researcher for the series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, currently airing on Animal Planet that tells the stories of people overwhelmed by the number of pets they own. The problem is on the rise and affect communities across America.

If you are concerned about the health of animals in someone's care and suspect they may be hoarding them, we might be able to help.

Most animal hoarders don’t see themselves as hoarders, and sometimes don’t intentionally collect animals. Their relationship with their animals has threatened their relationships with friends and family.

Most of these situations aren’t dealt with until they become criminal. This results in animals being euthanized by over-stressed shelters, and doesn’t address the underlying psychological issues - meaning nearly 100% of people end up in the same situation again.

We are dedicated to finding comprehensive long-term solutions and believe therapy to be key to this. We can bring in experts to help people and their pets.

If you or someone you know needs help because animals have overrun their life, visit to learn more and submit their story. Alternatively, contact me directly at [email protected] or toll-free at
1 -877-698-7387.

We will treat all submissions with confidentiality and respect.

Alachua, FL

#2 Jun 21, 2011
What does 'hoarding' have to do with an overburdened animal shelter? Try to put some hard lines in there before you start your flag-waving.

Seven hundred cats on a property permitted to keep 200 is hardly 'hoarding' pets, robo-blogger. It's simply having 500 cats more than they were zoned and licensed and permitted for.
Jay H!

Since: May 11

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#3 Jun 22, 2011
Hey Heather,

To answer your question: when a hoarding case is busted by Animal Control they often take the animals to local shelters who are not ready to deal with a sudden influx of animals.

This is how they are overburdened. They may not have the resources or the space for 50+ more animals arriving at once.

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