Animal hoarding is defined as having more animals than you can handle. Many hoarders don't have the money or means to take care of each animal. "They're good people, they're well meaning but they usually have some type of dementia or mental disability,” Ecker said.
So what happens to these animal hoarders?
Adult protective services will do frequent checkups on them.
The humane society doesn’t take away all the pets away from the homeowner, unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Most animal hoarders are emotionally fragile and very, very attached to their pets. Humane society workers will leave one or two pets with them so they don't feel hopeless.
In the past year and a half, the humane society has seen about eight cases of animal hoarding … an increase from previous years.