Categories: hoarders

Dozens of dead cats found in NY home. Why didn’t they let the cats go free?

This is a point made by a colleague of mine, Jan on Facebook, in reference to the story coming out of Montgomery, USA.

A person was evicted from their home in upstate New York. The home was being cleared and they found 89 dead cats inside. Extraordinary. There were also 8 living cats. The story smells (literally) of long term cat cruelty. The conditions, as could be imagined, inside the home were horrific.

The body of one cat was inside a box labelled:

“RIP Zippy you were a good little girl.”

And we collectively scream, “Why didn’t the hoarder let the cats go free?”. At least they would have had the chance of surviving in the urban environment and perhaps be picked up by cat rescuers who manage feral cat colonies.

But there are two points to make here. Firstly, we have to be careful because perhaps everyone of the 89 cats lived good and healthy lives and died of natural causes well into old age. Although it is unlikely, we don’t know.

The second point is that cat hoarders – and I’ll presume that this person was a cat hoarder – don’t think like that. They have a mental disability. They can’t objectively appraise what they are doing which is being cruel to the cats that they think they are being kind to.

If they were genuinely able to deliver kindness and care to the cats in their charge they would not be hoarding huge numbers of cats in their home in the first place.


Excellent collage of cats being removed from uninhabitable home

Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) provide both the care for the rescued cats, the photography and the collage on their Facebook ...
Read More

Picture of 130 ginger cats from one mother in one room apartment

I have never seen something like this: 130 cats, almost all ginger and ginger-and-white, all siblings from one mother who ...
Read More

No crime for woman who hoarded 105 cats in apartment

Guelph, Ontario, Canada: Sudbury.com report that a woman living in an apartment had surrendered 105 cats to the Guelph Humane ...
Read More

How do you stop ‘things getting out of control’ at cat hoarding situations?

Hoarders often say it, 'things got out of control'. They are also the words of a man, Ryan Ross, who ...
Read More

Can you tell from their face that they are cat abusers?

We see mugshots of alleged cat abusers all the time. Or they are cat hoarders who neglect cats to the ...
Read More

A framework for eradicating cat hoarding in the United States of America

USA: You'll never get rid of cat hoarding under the current state of affairs. I realise that no one is ...
Read More

This man pleaded not guilty after 194 dead cats were found at his home

This is a very unusual animal abuse case and it has people scratching their heads as to how Dennis Carlson ...
Read More
Please comment here using either Facebook or WordPress (when available).
Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

Recent Posts

Coronavirus may benefit companion animals and owners by encouraging remote diagnosis

In the USA, and I expect elsewhere to a lesser extent, veterinary telemedicine is being…

3 hours ago

Pictures of cat tapeworm and tapeworm segments

Here is a collage of cat tapeworms and tapeworm segments that I have prepared because…

4 hours ago

Why are white tigers white?

It is believed that white tigers are white because of the result of a genetic…

12 hours ago

Spanish authorities have poisoned companion animals and wildlife with street disinfectant against coronavirus

SPAIN - NEWS/OPINION: It's been reported that local authorities governing the Costa Del Sol and…

16 hours ago

Picture of a ‘tiger cat’

This is an excellent picture of a 'tiger cat' which is unrelated to the cat…

19 hours ago

Chinese study says that coronavirus can replicate in domestic cats and transmit between cats

Because I am very concerned for the welfare of domestic cats (and all animals), I…

1 day ago