Animal hoarding is a particularly egregious form of animal abuse in that it is daily, unrelenting, and often goes on for years. Animals living in the home of a hoarder may experience unmitigated pain and suffering for their entire lifetime. In addition, humans living in the homes of hoarders may also suffer, especially children and the elderly.
Two state legislatures, New Jersey and New York, have before them bills that would create the crime of companion animal hoarding. There is no specific number of animals one may have that constitutes a hoarding situation; rather, it is the condition in which the animals live and the type of care they receive that may constitute the crime of hoarding.
New Jersey and New York State residents, contact your legislators to let them know you want the animals of your state protected. Both states’ bills are in committee so contact the chairs of the respective committees to seek a favorable vote on these bills and report them to the full legislature for a vote. New Jersey residents, also encourage your legislators to request mandatory counseling as part of the penalty phase for anyone convicted under animal hoarding laws as there is a 100 percent recidivism rate if hoarders do not receive such counseling.
Since only two states, Illinois and Hawaii, specifically target companion animal hoarding in their laws, the rest of our readers should contact their legislators and urge them to enact animal hoarding laws.
The Honorable Nelson T. Albano
Chair, Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
21 North Main St.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Assembly Bill A2694
The Honorable Raymond J. Lesniak
Chair, Senate Economic Growth Committee
985 Stuyvesant Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Senate Bill S1170
New York State
The Honorable William Magee
Chair, Assembly Agriculture Committee
Legislative Office Building 828
Albany, NY 12248
Assembly Bill A00191
The Honorable Patty Ritchie
Chair, Senate Agriculture Committee
Legislative Office Building, Room 815
Albany, NY 12247
Senate Bill S03474