Prosecutors revealed that authorities rescued about 300 rabbits, birds and other creatures from a filthy New York dwelling and accused the self-help author of inhumane confinement of the animals.
“Operation Open Cage” began October 1 when animal control officers reported to investigators a storage problem in the small Long Island hamlet of Miller Place, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Hoarder charged after rescuing 300 animals from a New York home
(Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images)
According to the county attorney, officers in hazmat suits discovered 118 rabbits, 150 birds, 15 cats, seven turtles, three snakes, and several mice living in the dirt, many of which were surrounded by their feces and urine and covered in cockroaches, according to News letters.
Karen Keys, 51, the homeowner, was charged with seven counts of inhumane confinement of animals.
She is a social worker and author of Journey to Consciousness: Reclaiming Your Life.
No information has been provided about Keyes’ attorney. She left a message on the phone number provided to her.
Teams from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped the District Attorney’s Biological, Environmental, and Animal Safety Team and local police take the animals and deliver them to animal welfare groups across New York for medical treatment.
When ASPCA rescuers arrived on the scene, it was clear that swift action was required to remove hundreds of neglected animals from the harsh and horrific conditions they were exposed to and give them skilled care, according to Matt Bershaker, president and CEO of the ASPCA.
“The scale of the brutality and horrific conditions in which the animals were subjected are beyond imagination,” Brookhaven City Council member Jane Bonner said in a statement.
The outrageous negligence to which they have been subjected cannot be justified or justified in any way.
According to Jed Painter, an attorney supervising the county attorney’s animal unit, Keyes is becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the animals she cares for.
He went on to say that any home with 300 animals would have lethal levels of ammonia.
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What exactly is animal hoarding, and how is it manifested?
Hoarding of animals is the group of animals that have exceeded the human capacity to provide basic care. Nutrition, sanitation, housing, veterinary care, and socialization are among the criteria, according to animal Care Association.
In extreme cases, animals may be confined in carriers or cages stacked on top of each other, surrounded by their own urine or faeces.
Stool may also cover floors, furniture, and surfaces. Animals can suffer from serious illnesses or health problems.
They may be overfeeding and obese, or they may be hungry and emaciated. In more serious cases, animals are discovered dead.
Cats and dogs are the most common victims of animal hoarding, although rodents, reptiles, and other animals can also be victims of hoarding.
Hoarding usually begins with a few unsterilized animals.
Breeding may become out of control when kept in confined spaces.
Four cats, for example, can easily increase to hundreds over the course of a few years.
It is important to understand that hoarding animals is different from purposeful breeding. Breeders make a profit by selling the animals and owning the animals.
Hoarders keep their pets and may fear abandonment, even if it proves difficult to properly care for them.
AHS humanitarian agents open an average of 25 animal hoarding cases each year. In some of these circumstances, animals are confiscated from property with the help of law enforcement authorities, but in most cases, the animals are voluntarily handed over to AHS.
AHS animal welfare agents play an important role in saving animals from hoarding situations, but their job doesn’t end there.
Appropriate intervention is critical to avoiding relapse, which occurs in the 100% of hoarders who do not receive treatment and ongoing support.
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