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Rhode Island’s Providence Animal Control came across 18 cats in an abandoned RV and described it as the worst case of animal hoarding seen to date.
Now they are calling for community support to procure the supplies the cats desperately need to treat a range of diseases.
“Going to this camper full of 18 neglected cats is the stuff of nightmares, catching them in the middle of ammonia levels so high that you get sick for days afterwards is a reality,” a Facebook said -Post published by the Providence Animal Control Center. “ALL of these cats are infested with fleas, full of worms, thin, some emaciated, they also have ringworm.”
The center is asking for supplies like newspapers, bleach, litter boxes and canned food for cats, and they said donations could be made at the center.
“These cats have a long way to go (and we have a lot to do!),” The Post continued. “This is a terrible case, that [worst] We haven’t seen it before and we see a lot of hoarding. “
The center claimed that the hoarding took place in the neighborhood for three years, starting in a home, and urged people to come forward and report if they suspect an animal hoarding case.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, animal hoarding is a complex issue that encompasses mental health, animal welfare, and public safety.
Hoarding of animals is defined by the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium as a person who owns more than normal numbers of pets, the person is unable to meet minimum pet care standards, and the person has their inability to provide denied this supply.
The ASPCA wrote that although early research suggested that the hoarding of animals could result from a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder, there are new theories suggesting that other factors need to be considered, including attachment disorders with personality disorders, paranoia, delusional thinking , Depression and other mental illness.
“Some animal hoarders started collecting after a traumatic event or loss, others see themselves as ‘rescuers’ who save animals from life on the street,” the article said.
Even if animal nurseries see themselves as a lifesaver, the condition of their home is often unsuitable for these pets. ASPCA found that the apartment has deteriorated, smells strongly of ammonia, floors may be covered with dried feces, urine or vomit, animals are emaciated, fleas and vermin have been found in the apartments, and there are clear signs of distress and illness with the animals.
A representative from Providence Animal Control was not available for comment at the time of publication.
Animal Control in Providence, Rhode Island is working to rehabilitate 18 cats found in an abandoned RV.
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