Cat Hoarder Pleads Guilty, Ordered to Pay $35,000

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on July 21, 2009

Illustrating that the roots of animal hoarding are psychological and not financial, approximately 150 cats living in deplorable conditions were discovered
in March 2009 at Wanda Oughton’s million-dollar home in Chester
Township, New Jersey. Facing over 90 criminal charges of animal
cruelty related to animal hoarding, Ms. Oughton pleaded guilty to one criminal count of animal cruelty and was ordered to pay over $35,000 in restitution and fines. Judge Philip Maenza ordered
inspection rights for humane agents, and is allowing Ms. Oughton to
have up to 6 cats in her possession.

Hoarding is very difficult to prevent, but it can be stopped.
In the short term, neglected and abused animals need to be removed from
a hoarder’s property, but only long term changes to animal law can
prevent hoarding. That is why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is urging
states to adopt a First Strike and You’re Out law–a model law written by ALDF that would prevent animal abusers from having the chance to harm other animals.

Take action now to help animals! Send a letter to your state representatives urging them to support ALDF’s First Strike and You’re Out law.

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