From Hoarding Horror to Happy in Homes

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

When ALDF was notified about more than 300 dogs suffering in filthy conditions on the North Carolina property of Barbara and Robert Woodley, ALDF went to court to gain custody of the animals in the largest civil action challenging animal cruelty in American history. In 2005, the judge presiding over ALDF v. Woodley found the animal hoarders Rescued dog Casper at his new homeguilty of multiple counts of animal cruelty and ordered the removal of their hundreds of dogs – many of whom had been living in their own excrement and urine, denied appropriate human contact and care, and kept for their entire lives in dark packing crates. In the landmark victory, custody was awarded to ALDF, which houses the dogs at an ad hoc shelter facility and in the homes of foster families, until permanent custody was granted in 2007 and the dogs could finally be officially adopted by their new families.

Hoarding is very difficult to prevent, but it can be stopped. Contact your state legislators today and ask them to support a "First Strike and You’re Out" law for those who are convicted of animal neglect or cruelty. 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 in one easy-click, urging them to support ALDF’s First Strike and You’re Out law.


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