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Animal abuse charges stem from hoarding situation

Many people love animals but lack the means to properly care for them. When other issues exist, such as a tendency for hoarding, individuals could end up overwhelmed by their situations and unable to handle the animals they accumulate. Unfortunately, this could mean that the animals suffer, and owners could face charges for animal abuse.

It was recently reported that two women were taken into custody in Texas after several deceased cats were found on their property as well as dozens of other living animals. Apparently, a relative of the women had made a report with the authorities that the women had a hoarding issue and that several animals were on the property. Officers investigated and obtained a search warrant. During the search, investigators took nine cats and two dogs and later captured 11 more cats on the property.

Investigators also reportedly found the remains of an undetermined number of deceased animals. An 82-year-old woman and her 57-year-old daughter were taken into custody on animal cruelty charges because the animals were not properly cared for. It was noted that many of the seized animals were sent to rescue groups or adopted.

Hoarding is often a sign of underlying mental health issues that can be difficult for individuals to handle if left untreated. Unfortunately, a lack of help for those issues could lead to situations like this in which individuals end up facing criminal charges for animal abuse because hoarding tendencies got the better of them. Still, the women charged in this Texas case have the right to defend against the allegations and maybe get the help they need to address any mental health concerns they could have.

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