Forty Sick and Terrified Animals Rescued From Filthy Hoarder House in Virginia

October 2003

PETA’s Community Animal Project responded to a call from a Virginia animal hoarder who, after receiving notice from animal control, was seeking help in placing more than 20 ill cats who were living in filthy conditions. We visited the home and removed five cats, all in need of immediate vet care, including one little guy named Pumpkin, who was very thin and drooling from an untreated growth in his mouth. With our help, animal control obtained a search warrant and seized the remaining cats and dogs–more than 40 altogether. A court date is pending on the cruelty charges.


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind