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[APD] Animal hoarding

> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 09:42:29 -0800
> From: "Robert Hudson" <aquabotanic at comcast_net>
> Subject: Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 76, Issue 11
> To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
> >>I am not talking about a government agency, but private organizations, 
> >>such as PETA, ASPCA, etc.  They have no legal authority, only financial 
> >>reserves to sue you and/or pressure local law enforcement into prosecuting 
> >>you.  They cannot come into a person's property for any reason without 
> >>permission, or they are guilty of trespassing.  Out here in the west, they 
> >>may be shot for it.<<
> Actually that is not true. In several states, including in "the west"  the 
> humane society or animal control  has either partial or full police powers, 
> and may obtain a warrant for search, seizure, and arrest.  They often have 
> police with them as a back up.  Just because someone has good intentions in 
> their own warped mind is no excuse for incredible cruelty. Most of these 
> types of people are horders and live in conditions that are not even 
> suitable for human life. Every room in the house the floors are caked with 
> feces and urine. The animals are diseased and suffering to an extent that no 
> normal person could tolerate. In other cases the animals are kept in wire 
> cages that barely have enough room for the animal to turn around while the 
> animal is standing in its own feces and the metal wires dig into the animals 
> feet.
> There is no excuse for any of that. Not even the little old lady with 100 
> cats.
> Robert Paul Hudson
> www.aquabotanic.com

What I said is absolutely true.  They only have any 'power' if they are part of a government agency.  Generally, the Animal Shelter is run by the county or city government, and animal control officers are law enforcement officers.  Here, they are like a light form of Sheriff's Deputy.  Codes Enforcement officers are the same, commissioned officers able to issue citations.  In our city, the city cannot fine you an amount more than $500 for violation of city ordinances.

I agree, the animal hoarding is a mild form of mental illness when it gets to a point where they are mistreating the animals, and must be dealt with.

Nick A

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