Wow, Thanks Barb, for sharing this article with us.
i lived in Boston before, and one friend of mine even lives in Beacon Hill.
This particular paragraph strikes me a lot:
ANIMAL HOARDING â€” of which cat hoarding seems to be the most common manifestation â€” is one of the weirder psychological phenomena. Hoarders, as animal-control professionals (who prefer the word to the more innocuous-sounding "collectors") call them, take in or breed animals to the point where they can no longer care for the pets or, frequently, themselves. Nutrition, veterinary care, and sanitation go out the window as the animals pile up. Sanity goes as well, as most hoarders lose the ability to recognize the unhealthiness of their situation. To a hoarder, the animals are family and anyone seeking to relocate them is kidnapping kin, often removing the hoarderâ€™s only source of emotional connection.
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The 60 cat corpses in Heidi Ericksonâ€™s Boston apartment bear witness to a largely ignored psychiatric disorder: Animal hoarding
BY CLEA SIMON
This is a very abnormal and distorted behavior indeed.