What is it about?
This study looks at the characteristics of people convicted for animal hoarding-related offences by the RSPCA in NSW, Australia. Animal hoarding is difficult to prosecute as many jurisdictions (including NSW) lack a legal definition of animal hoarding, and offenders typically suffer from mental health condition(s).
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Why is it important?
Animal hoarding impacts animal welfare, human wellbeing and the environment which may be unsanitary and unsafe. People make assumptions about the characteristics of animal hoarders, for example the archetype of the "crazy cat lady" in the media and popular culture. We found that persons convicted of animal hoarding were women and men, and animals involved included farm animals as well as dogs and cats. This study documents the animal welfare impacts of hoarding, as well as the costs to investigating and prosecuting agencies. Animal hoarding is truly a One Welfare/One Health issue. For this reason we argue that a multi-agency response is critical.
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This page is a summary of: Characteristics of persons convicted for offences relating to animal hoarding in New South Wales, Australian Veterinary Journal, September 2014, Wiley,
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