Hoarding is a serious and growing problem in America. People hoard everything from food to furniture; and these days, people are hoarding animals as well. We’ve all heard of at least one animal hoarding case involving an individual, but what about an entire family?
The Quick family in Michigan recently pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges involving more than 50 dogs kept in their home. The animals have since been removed from the home and are in the care of the local chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
The ASPCA claim that the families crowded the animals into tiny cages and stuffed them into the basement. Others were housed in wire-cages and kept in a shed. It is believed that the family may have been running a puppy mill as the breed of dogs found in the home covered a wide range of pedigrees.
Nevertheless, some of the animals living in these conditions were reportedly so badly affected that the ASPCA had to treat them for severe illnesses like respiratory problems and failing eyesight. Help raise awareness for the negative effects of puppy mills and animal hoarding by signing and sharing the petition via the link below.
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