Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Love Thy Neighbor?

If you live to the right or the left of a house that is very unkempt, and stuff all over the place, you might notice this, right?  If you live across the street, or are walking past a house that you see this mess, including a million flies, you would notice, right?  If you had all the above, and noticed many cats, you would think.. hmmm, I should investigate this.  If you had all the above, and saw kittens running around with their eyes crusted over, you would DO something, right?

Well this is something I encountered on Sunday.  I have a friend who loves animals, and does what she can for them.   She lives down the street from this house.  She told me about the circumstances above and asked for my help.  I went over to help get the ball rolling.   I was shocked at what I saw.  The backyard was a dump.  A huge dish of birdseed and what not was there, and all these cans of spoiled cat food, and the weeds, the kittens were running for safety under the weeds.  Tiny kittens too!  We caught three of them, but not the one with the really really bad eyes.  This is a hoarder house, and the woman living there obviously has mental issues.  But nevertheless, this will be reported this morning.  UPDATE:  It was reported, but nothing done - AS FAR AS I KNOW AS OF TODAY.

There is something psychologically wrong with a person that believes they are doing good by placing food and water outdoors for cats.  If said cats are not fixed, they are going to multiply.  And the food they are placing is susceptible to flies – mostly when its thrown onto the pavement like you see in the following pictures.  And flies cause disease.  And disease cause infections, and infections spread. 

The kittens here, some have eyes so crusted over they cannot see.  We managed to rescue three kittens, and hopefully my friend and her granddaughter will continue to rescue as many as they can.  I am still waiting on an answer as to what is going to be done here from law enforcement.  If anyone would like to join in to call and complain, and its what is needed, please message me and I can give you the address.


Three Kittens Rescued So Far

You must click on the pics to see up close - all the flies...  

The finality of the horror of what I saw was this dead kitten.

Check this information out:

·       The general category of hoarding was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013, and animal hoarding is included under that umbrella. This means that animal hoarding is now considered a psychiatric disorder
·       An animal hoarder has a large number of animals at home that are not receiving the minimum standard of care, and the hoarder denies or minimizes the deplorable conditions both she/he and the animals are living in
·       Animals in hoarding situations are typically sick, dirty, and have parasites. It’s not uncommon for dead animals to be found in and around a hoarder’s home
·       Animal hoarders lack insight or awareness of the situation they’ve created, and often lack empathy for the animals in their hoard
·       Effective animal hoarding interventions must provide care for the hoarder as well as the animals. Without appropriate mental health treatment, most animal hoarders will start a new hoard almost immediately

Hoarding was included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013, which means that all forms of the condition, including animal hoarding, are officially considered a psychiatric disorder.
However, animal hoarding in the U.S. is probably much more common than the estimated 2,000 cases per year. There is a general lack of awareness that the behavior is an identified psychological condition, so only the most shocking cases get publicized. Very little research has been done on animal hoarding, but fortunately, interest in the subject is increasing in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Profile of an Animal Hoarder
In order to be considered an animal hoarder, a person must have a large number of animals at home that are not receiving the minimum standard of care. Another prerequisite is that the hoarder denies or tries to minimize the appalling conditions the animals are living in.
Most animals kept by hoarders are sick, dirty, and infested with parasites. Often there are also several dead animals found around the hoarder’s home or yard. Another problem is the effect on the local environment, which can include flea and tick infestations, and dangerous levels of ammonia from animal urine in the air.
Sadly, the hoarders themselves typically live in the same unsanitary environment as their animals, sometimes without a functioning kitchen or bathroom.
Most animal hoarders are socially isolated, middle-aged or older women who take in cats, dogs, or both. However, it’s not unheard of for a man or even an entire family to hoard or live in a hoarding situation.
Animal Hoarders Lack Insight and Empathy
Animal hoarding is believed to be associated with attachment problems to other people. Instead, hoarders develop an excessive attachment to animals, commonly in response to childhood neglect or abuse.
They lack the emotional knowledge to appreciate the reality of others, with the result that they fail to understand how others think and feel. They tend to decide FOR their animals how they feel, for example, “My animals love me”… even though they are clearly suffering from lack of care. Hoarders also lack awareness of their animals’ distress, or make up their own rules for what constitutes distress.
Animal hoarders often have other mental disorders, such as object hoarding or dementia. They also typically lack insight or awareness of their situation, and many demonstrate a lack of empathy for other creatures, including the animals in their hoard.
Helping Hoarders and Their Animals
Experts agree that increasing public awareness of animal hoarding as a psychiatric condition will result in earlier detection of hoarding cases.
Also, standard policies for effective interventions must be implemented, and should provide assistance for both the animals and the hoarder. In most animal hoarding interventions, the animals are removed, but the person receives no further attention. Since hoarders don’t comprehend that the animals removed from their care were severely neglected, they typically turn right around and start a new hoard. They need mental health treatment immediately to prevent a recurrence.
If you’re concerned that a neighbor, family member or friend may be an animal hoarder (or an object hoarder), you can make your own risk assessment using the HOMES Scale. If you feel your suspicions are warranted, contact your local humane society, police department, or animal control department. I realize this will probably be a difficult call to make, but consider the following, from The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium:
Failure to provide proper care for animals is a crime in every state.
Although animal hoarders may suffer from a variety of mental health problems and behavioral predispositions, including how they respond to stress, that preclude them from providing proper care for companion animals, it is rare that they are found incompetent to stand trial.
Furthermore, even though "intent" to harm may be lacking, most hoarding cases are characterized by a series of very deliberate acts and choices made by the hoarder, which placed their interest above the interests of animals (e.g., continuing to acquire, refusal of help, unwillingness to adopt, failure to seek medical care, failure to spay-neuter, etc.) that could all foreseeably lead to animal suffering and neglect.

Baby Kitten TNR - Ferndale and Webster 

Pregnant Calico TNR - Parsells
On another note, today was TNR Tuesday.  A sad day for sure.  I trapped a pregnant calico, very friendly, on Parsells.  I hate to do it, but she will be spayed, even though she looks late term (I could be wrong, she could have just delivered), and I trapped a kitten.  One that I will have to let go.  Very sad about this.  I wish we had more people stepping up to the plate for these two.  For every kitten born, millions are dying.  Remember that.

Here we have more.  The pregnant cat I picked up Saturday morning - she had her babies.  All six.

Have a nice day.


  1. OMG !
    How horrible ! Is this house near your regular route Janine ?
    Have you heard about this house before your friend called you ?
    What a terrible shame that this is not stopped by animal control immediately !

  2. Will the kittens from that litter be able to be adopted once they are older?

  3. Those poor babies! I'm you and your friend are getting them out of there. It's terrible that animal control hasn't or can't do something about this.

  4. ****Oops, that should be: "I'm glad you and your friend are getting them out of there."

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