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10/11/2012 6:01:00 AM
Reader Letter: Not enough done against hoarding

What am I missing regarding the "rights" animal hoarders are given? Yes, hoarding is a real sickness, so I'm trying to understand, but when these very sick animals are piling up and permitted to run free to find a meal, the disease is spread through our neighborhood and passed on to humans and pets.

Now, I'm talking about anywhere between 60-80 or more inbred cats and kittens from one hoarder's home. Rescue groups have tried to help, and I have too. It's a never-ending pattern. In my opinion, these owners should be charged with animal cruelty. The authorities are aware, but it seems to me nothing is done soon enough.

Many of the kittens and adult cats have been removed and helped but they have no clue to how many more are still there. It's heartbreaking to see so many die and be left all over our roads and washes.

I could continue with my feelings, but there's no point, since it's so sad and hard on me.

Susie Bertram

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012
Article comment by: Take Action

Personally speaking this is the first I've heard about this. Sounds horrific. How about taking pictures of garbage cans with dead cats, roaming cats and all other with info about the area etc. Send pictures to the HSU PETA etc. get all involved .Record on paper how many calls to animal control were placed and ask for names of people spoken to. Pictures are worth a thousand words. All info should be posted all over the Internet and by other means . The results can be amazing. To fight this battle alone is impossible.

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012
Article comment by: Very Good Subject, More Attention Needed

I agree, to many loose animals around Kingman, however, look at another part of the problem, trash! The animals will roam until they find a meal. Especially in the Butler area people just seem to let trash build up in thier yards. A nice nesting ground for plenty of deseases that the animals can contract. I have never heard of one instance in Kingman where a resident was cited for unkempt property!

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012
Article comment by: gun owner 000

I seem to be hearing that all of the time, "AC doesn't do anything."
Uh, having worked with AC and the officers, they always seemed to be VERY busy for as long as I've known them. Possily, the problem doesn't lie in them not doing anything, but not enough of them to accomplish anything significant. Has that ever occurred to some of you? For what we pay "King Ronnie" to sit in his armored office and delegate assistants to do his bidding, we could hire quite a few more AC officers and get some more vehicles.

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Susie Bertram

I have every intention to do my investigating into these bogus laws and regulations forced upon animal rescue groups, etc. and the animal hoarders aren't fined or prosecuted for cruelty to animals. To give an example, these poor cats just tossed into the trash (4 large containers) and others who suffered outside and died along the roads, the vultures or coyotes wouldn't touch them. What does that tell you??? Any of us who are genuine and humane towards helping animals, are harassed by AC and others. Sounds political and all about money in their pockets. We need to keep this topic going and stop the politics. Spay and neuter your pets. Have as many pets as you want but be responsible for their wellness. These cats I mentioned deserve (victims rights). They are the victims, not the owners.

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Jack Shaepherd
I find this..."Steak knives are now out lawed in England."... very unbelievable, since they are listed for sale on both Amazon UK and Ebay UK.

In 2005 a group of Doctors tried to get laws passed banning long pointed kitchen knives, including steak knives. This was due to rising knife violence in the UK...which has continued to increase apparently.

The CARRYING of many types or styles of knife in the UK is indeed illegal.

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Shaepherd

Rule by extremism is never a good thing is what the writer might be missing? The extrem says no one cares for their pets. That just is not true. The extrem says no parent cares for their own off spring. Again that just is not true.
Any goverment: City, County, State, or Federal has a resposibilty to the peoples. Thats why we pay taxes. However, when said goverments intrudes into ones life style, for the rule of extremsism, that is wrong. Steak knives in England is a good example of this. Steak knives are now out lawed in England.

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Candace Jonas

“One Unspayed Female Cat and her offspring can produce 11,606,077 Cats in 9 years” (similar numbers for Dogs). Don't believe...do the Math & it will Blow you away.

These same Hoards often say "I Love my Animals, I'm an Animal Lover, I can't afford to take care of my Animal, etc..." When you don't Spay/Neuter your Pets they end up getting Pregnant & Multiplying !!! These same People kick them out the Door & they're everywhere just trying to survive. Many Neighbors have to deal with the problem. Either the unwanted Litter(s) or the Dead bodies of Kittens/Puppies who didn't make it.

RE: Animal Control (AC), lots of Luck, What a Joke, AC usually doesn't do a darn thing. They'll tell you to take them into the Shelter. The Shelter uses the ploy of asking for a Donation to take care of them while at the Shelter. As soon as the person walks out the Door, they walk the kittens/puppies into the "Back Room of Doom" & Euthanize them. End of story for them.

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

The problem also adds to the fact that the county's animal control has a free roam policy on cats, I don't know why, but I don't understand a lot of things the county does. I and many people I know have a real issue with cat feces and urine in garden and flower areas. I tried cat traps, that didn't work as the owners just go and get the cat(s) from the shelter and the problem returns. I even thought about a motion sensing water sprinkler but would need several for the whole area, I guess it's about time to take drastic/permanent measures.

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