Animal Hoarding is the act of collecting animals of any species and they’re kept in unsanitary conditions, along with lacking proper and sufficient food and water.
The following criteria are used to define animal hoarding:https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/animal-hoarding/closer-look-animal-hoarding
-An individual possesses more than the typical number of companion animals.
-The individual is unable to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness and death.
-The individual is in denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household and human occupants of the dwelling.
These animal hoarders, most often or not, will keep collecting animals, even if they do not have the sufficient amount of space for the animals to roam around. This constant obsession of animals can make animal hoarders believe that these animals need them in order to survive and live a happier life. However, though it is untrue, animal hoarders will continue to collect/ pick up animals. The animals that are collected suffer from extreme malnutrition and possibly have very poor health as they are cramped in with other animals, causing illnesses to be easily spread. In most cases, animals using die from these types of neglect.
However, why do people hoard animals in the first place? Sometimes people that are animal hoarders can be suffering from mental illnesses such as variant of OCD, personality disorders, paranoia, depression, etc. In other cases, people become animal hoarders after an unfortunate event or a loss or the person feels like they are rescuing the animals instead of harming them.
Signs that may indicate someone is an animal hoarder:https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/animal-hoarding/closer-look-animal-hoarding
-They have numerous animals and may not know the total number of animals in their care.
-Their home is deteriorated (i.e., dirty windows, broken furniture, holes in wall and floor, extreme clutter).
-There is a strong smell of ammonia, and floors may be covered with dried feces, urine, vomit, etc.
-Animals are emaciated, lethargic and not well socialized.
-Fleas and vermin are present.
-Individual is isolated from community and appears to be in neglect himself.
-Individual insists all animals are happy and healthy—even when there are clear signs of distress and illness.
Though, it may be hard to spot at first, animal hoarders should be stop for their animal cruelty, even if there is little to none suspicions, it would be advise to report an official.