Austin Junk Removal: Should Texas Create an Animal Hoarding Law?

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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We recently stumbled upon a great opinion piece in the Grand Forks Herald discussing the difficulties of prosecuting animal hoarding cases (You can read it here). The author, Tom Dennis, points out that prosecutors are often reluctant to get involved with cases of animal hoarding for three reasons:

  • People think of hoarders as harmless eccentrics, hence the commonly portrayed “crazy cat lady,” and often don’t realize the harm hoarders inflect on their animals.
  • Hoarders usually don’t actually intend to hurt their animals. Most hoarders are motivated out of love. They believe they are providing a home for animals that would otherwise end up on the streets or euthanized at the shelter. They often suffer from undiagnosed mental illness and are deeply attached to their pets.
  • Hoarders currently can only be charged under animal cruelty laws. This means prosecutors must charge animal hoarders with multiple charges of animal cruelty for each hoarded animal.

This last point has the most severe consequences for prosecution of animal hoarding. Charging animal hoarders with multiple counts of animal cruelty is a long process that takes up quite a bit of man power and resources.

For this reason, some states have passed animal hoarding laws. These laws identify and define animal hoarding as a separate type of animal cruelty and allow prosecutors to charge animal hoarders with only one crime. This decreases the amount of paperwork associated with charging animal hoarders.

Texas currently does not have any animal hoarding laws. It doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon, but we’re curious as to what our readers think…

Should Texas pass an animal hoarding law?

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