Written by PETA
horrific hoarding case
in Chicago is a reminder of why, despite any ill-founded "good"
intentions, hoarding never results in a happy home—for
anyone. It's absolutely vital to report all
known or suspected cases of animal neglect or hoarding to authorities
reportedly found a mentally disabled 14-year-old boy dead in a backyard,
wearing only a T-shirt. Inside the house, they allegedly found more than 200
animals—and three more sick children—living in filth and feces. Reportedly, all
109 cats in the house were suffering from feline AIDS and leukemia and had to
be euthanized, and many other animals were starving and diseased, including a
cockatiel whose spine was visible on his nearly featherless back. The children
reportedly had never been to school or a doctor and slept on the floor, and
their bare feet were caked with feces and dirt. The children's mother has been charged with child
abuse and cruelty to animals, among other crimes.
Hoarders exist in virtually every community, so it's crucial to be
alert to the signs of hoarding:
If you notice red flags of animal hoarding, please don't hesitate—call the police. Hundreds of lives—both animals' and
humans'—may be at stake.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
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