What is animal hoarding?
Animal hoarding is defined as having more than the typical number of pets or companion animals, failing to provide minimum standards of care, denying that this substandard care has an effect on the animals and people around them, and continuing to hoard even after it has been brought to light.
Why do people hoard animals?
The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium of Tufts University states that many hoarders have “fertile soil” for mental health problems that, when combined with a variety of traumatic experiences, can lead to dysfunctional attachment styles to people and addictive behavior. This diagram shows how this can happen.
Who becomes an animal hoarder?
Though hoarding can and does exist in every age, gender, and socioeconomic category, the HARC claims there is existing data to support the broad generalization that the stereotypical animal hoarder is often a single, older woman, living alone and socioeconomically disadvanted.
What can I do if I suspect someone is hoarding animals?
Animal hoarding is more often than not detrimental to both the animals and the owners of the animals. The animal neglect associated with hoarding can be considered a punishable crime. In San Diego you can report suspected hoarding to the San Diego Humane Society. Though their goal is to educate the public on how to properly care for animals they are entitled to “exercise the powers of a peace officer while investigating animal-related crimes.”
Who can we ask for cleaning up a property where animals have been hoarded?
The decision to remove, and the actual removal, of animals from hoarding situations rests with the authorities but as a restoration company, Clean Earth Restorations offers state-of-the-art tools and procedures to bring any property back to a healthy and functional state. Our family-run company provides compassionate and efficient service to hoarders and hoarders’ families. Contact us today for a free estimate or for any question regarding restoration and remediation.