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  • sindee@tmail.com
    ... From: AnimalConcerns.org Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:45:10 -0400 DELTONA -- Janet Godfrey was stunned to hear her dog groomer was living in squalid
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2005
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      From: AnimalConcerns.org

      Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:45:10 -0400


      DELTONA -- Janet Godfrey was stunned to hear her dog groomer was
      living in squalid conditions among 70 animals.

      At least once a month, Linda Castillo , 63, was welcomed into
      Godfrey's Orange City home to care for her Shih Tzu and toy poodle.
      Her arrest Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty just doesn't fit
      with Godfrey's mental image of the clean, reliable and kind woman
      she's known for two years.

      Yet sad scenes of people hoarding dogs, cats and even farm animals and
      vermin aren't rare. Each year up to 250,000 pets are held by animal
      hoarders, estimates the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, a
      Boston-based group of animal and human behavioral experts studying the
      phenomenon.

      Deltona Animal Control officers, wearing respirators to avoid the
      fetid stench of feces and urine, rounded up 49 cats, 18 dogs and a
      bird from Castillo's home Wednesday.

      "I was just dumbfounded," said Godfrey.

      In another recent case, a woman in the Washington, D.C., area was
      found living with 266 live cats and 222 dead cats, with many of the
      dead ones sealed in plastic containers, the Washington Post reported
      in July.

      A hoarder is usually defined as someone who holds more than a typical
      number of animals without providing for their basic nutrition,
      sanitation and veterinary care. The level of animal neglect is severe
      enough to result in the animals' starvation, illness or death, but the
      hoarder doesn't recognize the depth of the problem, according to the
      research consortium.

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