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276 Dogs Found Living in Horrific Hoarder Home

They were under beds, on bookshelves, and in the walls

(Newser) - At least 276 dogs have been rescued from a single 1,880-square-foot home in what one New Jersey official calls "the worst hoarding case that we've ever experienced," the Asbury Park Press reports. The problem was discovered Thursday by an animal control officer called about a loose... More »

Cops: Woman Broke Into Shelter to Get Cats Back

Lee Ann Shore held cats in unsanitary conditions

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman lost her 17 cats to a Humane Society shelter after her unsanitary apartment was condemned earlier this month. Now Lee Ann Shore, 46, has been arrested for allegedly breaking into that shelter to steal her cats back. Police say she removed 15 cats from the Coulee Region... More »

Hundreds of Dying Snakes Found in 'House of Horrors'

Rodents had turned cannibal inside Calif. hoarder's home

(Newser) - A horrific find in California as China's Year of the Snake draws to a close: Santa Ana police discovered hundreds of dead and dying snakes in the home of a teacher who moonlighted as a snake breeder, reports the Los Angeles Times . The 53-year-old man was arrested on charges... More »

More Than 200 Chihuahuas Taken From Hoarder Home

'Numerous dead dogs found': AP

(Newser) - More than 200 Chihuahuas have been removed from what officials are calling unsanitary conditions in a central Pennsylvania home. The state Agriculture Department said late yesterday that dog wardens cooperating with state police executed a search warrant at the home in Benton, in Columbia County, after receiving numerous tips. They... More »

Bizarre 'Pet Hoarding' Surges

Many hoarders start as rescuers, experts say

(Newser) - You've heard of hoarding , but did you know it applies to pets, too? Experts say a growing number of Americans are hoarding large numbers of animals that become more and more difficult to take care of as they overwhelm their owners. Tragically, 25% of pet hoarders started out as rescuers... More »

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