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611 Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Humane.pet of the week Mikito is a wonderful dog with a lot of energy. He would'love a pal to run and play with. He is a Border collie mix just over 2-years-old. He knows how to sit and walks well on a leash. Call 257-4555 for more information. A SERVICE OF THE LASSEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT For People Without a Lawyer LASSEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COMMITTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY Access To Justice Center 145 South Lassen St Susanville, CA. OPEN Monday thru Friday 8:00 to 12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00 Call for an appointment with the Facilitator/Self-Help Attorney Jon Nakanishi 530-251-8353 Lassen Animal Rescue ,pet. of the week Pretty Boy is only 3 months old and is small for his age but is the king of the litter with his brothers and sis- ters. Pretty Boy plays very gently but needs a home of his own. He is cur- rent on his Vacci- nations. Please call Lassen Animal Rescue at 356-3963 if you can help. Hoarding pets can be dangerous Dear Rowf: What is "ani- mal hoarding"? K.R. Susanville For most people, the term "animal hoarding" conjures up images of an eccentric "cat lady." Despite the stereo- type that collecting animals is simply a quirky behavior, recent research has pointed to a direct correlation between psychological prob- lems and the tendency to hoard. Although we've had cases here in Lassen County, I'll give you an example of a case in Maryland, too. To someone desperate to find a home for a litter of kittens, the Chubbers Animal' Rescue would have appeared to be the perfect surfaces covered with inches of waste and garbage, "In one part of the house, we were stepping on several layers of feces and skeletons," said HSUS's Krista Hughes, one of the volunteers who served as part of a team to document the situation and rescue the cats. ,It was dis- gusting. The amount of filth was unbelievable." "Hoarding is very often a symptom of a greater mental illness, such as obsessive- compulsive disorder. For most hoarders, it is likely that their actions are the result of a true pathology, even though they are still usually able to function quite well in soci- ety," says Randall Lockwood HSUS vice president for Research and Educational Outreach. Because animal hoarders quite often appear to lead nor- mal lives, it's important to recognize when a person's fix- ation with animals has gotten out of control. The HSUS defines an animal hoarder as a person who has more ani- mals than he or she can prop- erly care for. Another defin- ing characteristic is the haven. Nestled in a wooded lot hoarder's denial of his inabil- iri'' ': qCarollne " Cbffnty, ity;tocare for the animals and Maf'ylafitl.' the former 'h6the his failure to grasp the impact: of Linda Farve and Ernie his neglect: has: on the ani- Mills was a place where peo- ple could relinquish cats, seemingly secure in the knowledge that the couple would help the animals find happy homes. But 'in reality, behind the facade of the cheerful Web site and rural home, tragedy lurked, When animal control officers and volunteers from the Caroline County Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States entered the home on May 1, 2003, they found more than 300 cats, including more than 70 felines in various forms of decomposition. If the smell of animal death wasn,t enough, volunteers also encountered mals, the household, and the human occupants of the dwelling. What's more, hoarders are usually well-educated and possess excellent communica- tion skills. Many hoarders have an uncanny ability to attract sympathy for them- selves, no matter how abused their animals may be, which is often how hoarders manage to fool others into thinking the situation is under control. For many involved in inves- tigating animal cruelty and neglect, hoarding cases are among the most horrific they ever encounter. "The amount of suffering in a hoarder case is more widespread and of a longer duration than most animal cruelty cases," says Lockwood. ' klthough the case of a dog being violently killed is shocking, in a hoarder case the suffering can be felt by hundreds of animals for months and months on end." According to the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, many hoarder dwetlings have been con- demned as unfit for human habitation. Polluted air in some homes is so irritating to the respiratory tract, because of the high level of ammonia present, that a visitor cannot enter without protective breathing apparatus. Because of the horrible suf- fering involved, criminal ani- mal cruelty charges are increasingly being filed in hoarding cases. Yet, because animal hoarding is linked to mental illness, the most appropriate resolution is still being debated. A combina- tion of therapy and long-term monitoring is the ofter the best approach, in part because of the high recidi- vism rate. (Most hOarders revert to old behaviors unless they receive ongoing mental .health assis- tance and m0rdt- 4ng.) .' ":'-= =-' You can make' sure hOard ers get the help they need, while protecting animals at the same time, by notifying local police and/or animal control if you suspect some- one is hoarding animals. :In addition, as a basic precau- tion, anyone who is Consider- ing relinquishing an animal to a private rescue group should first visit the premises and ask to see where the ani- mals are kept. It's vital that people work together to stop animal hoarding. As the Caroline County case and recent studies illus- trate, good intentions aren't always enough. It really does seem possible to love animals to death. Thinking of a metal building? Now's the perfect time for one! .i: :~ ;~ 7;:~ -:- Permit fees are now lower on metal buildingSJ: Cost per squaro foot is less than wood construction, with virtually no maintenance. STAR I" th/'ll" BUILDING I m I I If 5 s,s, .s . CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT METAL BUILDINGS to EXQUISITE HOMES COMMERCIAL and RESIDENTIAL CA CONT. LIC. #823451 257-5141 . SUSANVILLE in kassen County