A Douglasville woman faces 133 animal cruelty charges after 49 animals were removed from a hoarding situation at the woman's Brown Road home last week by Douglas County Animal Services reported wsbradio.com.
Seized were 26 exotic birds, 16 dogs, 6 cats, and a ferret. Most of the dogs were small breeds and lived in filthy conditions amid floors and carpeting covered with feces, vomit, and urine.
Douglas County Animal Services Director Bill Peacock stated the odors in the home were unbearable.
Animal hoarding is a complex psychological problem where a person has a compulsive need to collect and own animals for the sake of caring for them and believing they are rescuers. Often animals are collected from the streets, on the Internet, or from area shelters where personnel do not screen applicants. Hoarders get emotionally overwhelmed and often become socially isolated.
Both animals and humans suffer from animal hoarding. Hundreds of thousands of pets fall prey to hoarders, and because it is not always readily recognized, suffering can be prolonged.
For more information about animal hoarding and what can be done in suspected hoarding situations, click here for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The woman is currently in jail for violating her parole after a judge ordered she was not to possess any animals until 2027.
The wife is due in court on April 10. The woman's husband is also due in court.
All of the pets are now being cared for at the Douglas County Animal Shelter. The animals are not available for adoption at this time pending criminal charges. The shelter is asking that anyone interested in helping, to please adopt one of the current pets available in order to make room in the already crowded conditions.
Please check out Baby, an adorable Maltese mix, who is reported to be great with children and dogs. Ask for #11162.
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