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Old 01-12-17, 04:21 AM
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Very sad

I have known the woman in the link below for many years. I knew that she had many pets, though she never put a number on it. It never occurred to me that things at her home might be this bad. She's always been cheerful and nice, but as a responsible owner of *one* dog, I can not condone the conditions for all those animals.

It's just a sad situation for her and all the animals. I feel bad for her, and I hope she gets through all this. But, I would not be offended if people have hostile feelings for her, either. No winners, however you slice it.

45 cats, 5 dogs die in Merritt Island house fire

"...Neighbors and investigators said firetrucks crowded the narrow streets of the neighborhood as a frantic, desperate rescue scene unfolded. Firefighters, using oxygen masks, were seen attempting to save as many of the cats and dogs – including a number of mixed-breeds and Australian shepherds – as possible. Some of the dogs were also given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, witnesses said...

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"It's an unfortunate event," said Cpl. David Jacobs, spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, adding that the pet owners were distraught over the loss. "But it is a criminal investigation. The condition of this house ... we're talking something that is nothing less than deplorable..."
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I hope they drop this case. She did what she could for the animals.., and then some. Can each of us make that same claim in life?
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By my count, from the article, they had 46 cats, 18 dogs and other various pets. That's an extreme number for a typical FL house. I'm no mental expert but that sounds like a problem with animal hording. Sad story anyways.
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That is sad. I had a dog and 4 cats in my place for a few days over Christmas a long time ago when some friends went out of town and asked me to pet sit. I'd jut got my feral cat and wanted her to come out and join the fun, but that was pretty crowded in a 1,100 square feet condo. Now it's me a 2 cats, and sometimes I get the evil eye from one of them if I disturb their sleep - followed by the shouldn't you be somewhere else now look. I can't imagine living with that many pets in a small house, especially after helping clean out a couple of homes owned by hoarders.
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I know some people with animal issues like that, except instead of huge numbers of any one kind, they rescue exotics like spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, lemurs, etc.

They lived in a place which also burned, and I also happened to know the insurance adjuster who says that the burned monkey corpses were pretty much the creepiest thing he's ever seen.

Since then, they've rebuilt their menagerie of rescue animals, but have a house with room enough for them. They are responsible owners, but the toll it must take on them financially and otherwise is... more than I'd ever give up for such a thing.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
By my count, from the article, they had 46 cats, 18 dogs and other various pets. That's an extreme number for a typical FL house. I'm no mental expert but that sounds like a problem with animal hording. Sad story anyways.
Correct all around, I would say.

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...but the toll it must take on them financially and otherwise is... more than I'd ever give up for such a thing.
I would say a dog should take at least an hour a day and about $1000 a year for proper care, with variation of course. People of normal means (and she is) simply can not afford to do right by that many animals.
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