Animal Hoarding Essay

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Animal hoarding is an issue in every division of society around the world (Donaghey 2011). Whether rich or poor, there may still be an animal hoarder living right next door (Donaghey 2011). In some situations there may be obvious signs that a person is a hoarder; however, others live seemingly regular lives to the public eye and the problem is growing. Animal hoarding is a growing problem because of the lack of understanding of the issue and lack of action. The general public has a lack of understanding of animal hoarding. Many citizens do not realize that anyone can report abuse (Donaghey 2011). There are “…900 to 2,000 new cases [found] every year… with a quarter million animals falling victim” in the United States alone (Animal). If…show more content…
Donaghey stated that, “research has shown that hard core criminals who do crimes such as rape, battery, and murder often claim to have started abusing animals before humans”. This is yet another reason she says that education of our children would greatly help the community (Donaghey 2011). Researchers have found that animal hoarding is a mental illness equivalent to schizophrenia. It can be characterized by having “more than the typical number of companion animals”, and “obsessive attempts to [ ] maintain a collection of animals in to face of deteriorating conditions” having an “inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness, and death” (Animal) (Castrodale). Animal hoarders also are in “denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household, and human occupants of the dwelling” (Animal). People who hoard and abuse animals once usually hoard again as shown in a case in England (Donaghey 2011) (Cruelty). Studies done on animal hoarding show that human health is not taken into consideration when dealing with hoarding situations. In 2 independent studies done of 54 cases, the majority of “animal care agencies failed to address human health concerns associated with the case” (Arluke). More studies found that “in 11
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