Take Action! Animal Hoarder Back in CourtPosted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program on July 7, 2010
In May 2010, at the Clinton County, New York home of Michael Malpass, police discovered six dead animals along with eighteen cats and three dogs suffering from severe neglect in conditions so filthy that the house was condemned. Amidst accumulated feces and urine, they also found three dead animals
in Malpass’ house and three other dead animals in his car. Two of the seized cats had to be euthanized because of their poor
The next hearing for this case is set for tomorrow, July 8. Please send a letter to District Attorney Andrew Wylie today, thanking him for pursuing animal cruelty charges in this case and encourage a meaningful sentence upon conviction that includes a prohibition against possessing animals and psychiatric treatment.
The recidivism rate among animal hoarders approaches 100%. While the criminal justice system may not be the ideal venue for accomplishing mental health interventions, the cyclical criminal suffering of so many animals along with the associated costs to the community demands the participation of the courts – where psychological treatment should be meaningfully pursued.