HOARDING: THE ANIMAL ASPECT. Heather Hedrick, BS, MBA City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services. Warning. The photos in this presentation may be offensive or troubling to some viewers.
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Heather Hedrick, BS, MBA
City of Corpus Christi
Animal Care Services
The photos in this presentation may be offensive or troubling to some viewers.
Photos of animals and people in this presentation do not depict actual cases in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Photos in this presentation are used for educational purposes only.
The accumulation of a large number of animals,overwhelming a person’s ability to provide minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, and veterinary care.
The person fails to acknowledge the deteriorating condition of the animals & household environment. (including disease, starvation, and even death)
Heartwarming stories are recounted that highlight the gruesome conditions the hoarder’s victims are forced to endure, in their plight to save animals lives.
The primary purposes of prosecuting an animal hoarder for cruelty to animals is to:
§ 42.09. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:
(1) tortures an animal;
(2) fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody;
(3) abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody;
(4) transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;
(5) kills, seriously injures, or administers poison to an animal
(6) causes one animal to fight with another
Due to the enormous pet overpopulation problem, Animal Care Services faces constant constraints of overcrowding.
Animal Services does not have the budget to obtain proper training for all staff members.
Animal Services does not have the man-power or funding to address and follow up on all complaints.
How many have pets?
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
~ Mahatma Gandhi