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Understanding Animal Hoarders

Cats_and_DogsBucks County SPCA Executive Director Anne Irwin says animal hoarders have been around for as long as she can remember, but animal welfare workers have learned more about them during her 39 years with the SPCA. She says they make life very difficult for themselves and the animals they hoard.  Some also hoard trash and, as a result, they present a public safety hazard.

“Many of these places are real fire traps, and when first responders have to go and help it’s a dangerous situation, it’s dangerous to neighbors, and it’s difficult to resolve because it’s kind of secret.”

She says she has seen more hoarding in the last few years than she saw back in the 1970’s, and they start in different ways.

“Some of them start as breeders.  Some of them start out just loving animals and rescuing them.  Some of them start with just two pets and then, not getting them neutered, they end up with a whole houseful.”

She says at one time they thought hoarders were just crazy people, but over the years they have found a pattern, and most of them have suffered a loss.

“Someone has died or they’ve spent a long time caring for an ill family member or they’ve had a divorce, and then they become isolated.”

She says conditions usually keep deteriorating because they are living in fear.

“They’re afraid of what’s going to happen if people find out how they’re living, so then some people are actually living in a house with animals and they don’t have running water because they don’t want to call the plumber, or their heater doesn’t work.”

And then, Irwin says, sometimes they buy a kerosene heater, which can be very dangerous because the trash provides an enormous amount of fuel for any fire that might start.  She appeared recently on the WNPV talk program Legally Speaking.
WNPV AM 1440 These are just some of your friends and neighbors who won prizes at our last "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" back on Monday, June 29, 2015. There's no purchase necessary to play so what's keeping you away? Mark your calendar now for Monday, July 13, 2015, 6 to 7 PM, at Towamencin Beverage, Sumneytown Pike at the Green Lane Road traffic light in Kulpsville.
WNPV AM 1440 Unlike most of WNPV's "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways," yesterday's event at Abram W Bergey & Sons was held indoors! The crowd was dispersed among the many flooring displays but we got to enjoy air conditioning! Plus everyone had the chance to meet summer Promotions Intern Hannah Levy from Penn State who is helping to get the fabulous tickets we're giving away! Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a success! These photos are courtesy of WNPV's professional photographer Ray Masser.
WNPV AM 1440 Thank you to everyone who came out to WNPV's last "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" of June this afternoon at Abram W. Bergey & Sons in Harleysville. We gave away over $3,300.00 in prizes! Of course, that includes the Grand Prize of a family 4-pack of ride tickets to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg which was won by Teresa Greisemer of North Wales. Here Janel Billmyer of Abram W. Bergey & Sons presents the prize to Teresa!
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WNPV AM 1440 The next WNPV "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" will be held on Monday, June 29th, from 12 noon to 1 PM at Abram W. Bergey and Sons, 311 Main Street, Harleysville. The TD Bank across Alderfer Road from Bergey's has allowed us to use some of their fringe parking but please reserve the spaces close to the Bank for their customers!
WNPV AM 1440 This is just some of what you'll see when you use those tickets to Pennsbury Manor that you won at one of WNPV Radio's "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways!"
Pennsbury Manor Come and wander around the beautiful gardens at Pennsbury Manor.

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