Would you report someone for being a cat hoarder?

United States
March 29, 2007 6:51am CST
I met this man a few weeks ago He is 70 yrs old and he is a mess. He lives in a camper with no running water,sewer,or electricity.He is currently doing weekends in jail because he was caught several months ago with 8 dogs and over 80 cats. The authorities took the dogs and alot of the cats but some got loose. He now currently has 32 cats and 1 dog that he is not supposed to have. I know that he feeds them but he otherwise has no clue how to properly care for an animal. He doesn't allow the animals to go outside so he is living in a camper with 32 cats and a dog. My question is what would you do about this? On one hand I would feel really bad for getting this man in trouble again mostly because he's old but on the other hand it is killing me that I know about the animals and how they must be living.
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@AdamMax (260)
• United States
29 Mar 07
When I was growing up we had an old man for a next door neighbor. He had so many cats they were hanging out of every window. When he opened his door there was a cat stampede.
• United States
29 Mar 07
You truely have a difficult problem to think about as I believe you really are concerned about the animals. If you turn the old man in, what kind of care do you think those animals will receive and how long will they live after the authorities seize them? The old man may not be giving the care he should, but you know he won't euthanize them. Before turning the old man in, check to see if those animals will actually be going to a better situation than they have now.
• United States
29 Mar 07
Thats my dilema the Humane Society where I live is by appointment only and I can't see them being able to care for 32 cats either. I know the dog will probaly be okay I haven't seen it(I didn't want to because it would be mine) but its young. I know they will euthanize the cats and it will all be on me. It breaks my heart knowing that they are living horribly and then they will only be euthanized not ever knowing what a good life is.
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• United States
29 Mar 07
Well, if it really bothers you, could you not become friends with the old man? Use your love of animals as a common bond for the basis of the friendship? Then you could at least check on the animals on a regular basis. I'm thinking it would not be that hard to not take the dog. I'll bet it loves it there with the old man. As to the cats, I have four myself. They are great animals. However, no one can give 30+ cats the attention each of them needs. Good luck with your problem. Don't worry about not coming up with a good solution. There isn't one.
• United States
29 Mar 07
I tried to make friends with him I allowed him to bring 6 of his cats here with the intention of him bringing all of his cats as long as he was here to take care of them. I had the cats for 2 weeks and the only time he was here was to drop them off the first time. I bought the food, fed them, cleaned the litter box he never came to see them Finally my husband got mad and made him take the 6 cats back which really breaks my heart.He brought them here in cat carriers that were so filthy I gagged and couldn't eat my dinner that night. I have given him atleast ten 25 lb bags of cat food. I have given him dog food. He left his dog at a house up the road while he was doing his weekend in jail. He dropped her off there on a Thursday and locked her in a camper on a chain! and didn't come back for her until the following Wednesday. (The man that owns the property told me this after the fact)I am at my wits end with this man. He is not willing to give the cats away I've tried. I found a home for the dog and he wouldn't give her up. I feel very sorry for him because he thinks that he is doing a good thing and he is not doing anything good. I have tried to reason with him he doesn't want to hear it. Its spring now and flea season is coming and I can't even think about what those poor animals lives will be like then.
@nancyrowina (3850)
29 Mar 07
I think you should report the situation as it's bad for the old man too to be living like that it can't be good for his health and it certainly isn't good for the animal if they aren't being let out. The cats must be fighting all the time and the mess they must be making must be awful. I know it seems cruel to get the old man into trouble but he's only going to make himself ill if he carries on.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Even tho he is a harmeless old man and is dpong NO one any harm he is really harming thos animals. By not lettingthe dog out to run it is not getting any exercise and that dog is goingto get obese. Plus that also means that the dog has to be going to the bathroom somewhere and it is probibly in his camper which cant smell nice. As far as the cant even thos you say he may have about 32 since I am shure there is a mix of male and female then there is a very high risk of kittens being born which is only going to increasthe number of cats in that camper. Honestly you need to report him for the health and dafety for the animals and for himself. I realise it seems mean but it really is to help.