"Animal hoarding" or "compulsive hoarding of animals" is a psychiatric disease, which has important social implications and a profound influence on animal welfare. To date, this phenomenon has been little investigated and largely unexplored. The present study aims to systematically describe a case of animal hoarding, which remains unresolved. The report refers to a case of a woman suffering from animal hoarding that emerged in 2005. From March 2014 to December 2019, 450 animals were seized over nine different occasions. This disease had significant implications on the welfare of the animals collected, which lived in poor housing and hygiene conditions that frequently led to their death. Since animal hoarding cases involve sanitary, legal, and veterinary aspects, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach is necessary in order to prevent a recurrence and a new accumulation of animals. A holistic approach should be taken according to the One Health principle that involves different stakeholders at every level in order to adopt an efficient solution.

Human-Animal Relationship Dysfunction: A Case Study of Animal Hoarding in Italy / D'Angelo, Danila; Ciani, Francesca; Zaccherini, Alessandra; Tafuri, Simona; Avallone, Luigi; D'Ingeo, Serenella; Quaranta, Angelo. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - 10:9(2020), p. E1501. [10.3390/ani10091501]

Human-Animal Relationship Dysfunction: A Case Study of Animal Hoarding in Italy

Danila d'Angelo
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Francesca Ciani
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Simona Tafuri
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Luigi Avallone
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
2020

Abstract

"Animal hoarding" or "compulsive hoarding of animals" is a psychiatric disease, which has important social implications and a profound influence on animal welfare. To date, this phenomenon has been little investigated and largely unexplored. The present study aims to systematically describe a case of animal hoarding, which remains unresolved. The report refers to a case of a woman suffering from animal hoarding that emerged in 2005. From March 2014 to December 2019, 450 animals were seized over nine different occasions. This disease had significant implications on the welfare of the animals collected, which lived in poor housing and hygiene conditions that frequently led to their death. Since animal hoarding cases involve sanitary, legal, and veterinary aspects, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach is necessary in order to prevent a recurrence and a new accumulation of animals. A holistic approach should be taken according to the One Health principle that involves different stakeholders at every level in order to adopt an efficient solution.
2020
Human-Animal Relationship Dysfunction: A Case Study of Animal Hoarding in Italy / D'Angelo, Danila; Ciani, Francesca; Zaccherini, Alessandra; Tafuri, Simona; Avallone, Luigi; D'Ingeo, Serenella; Quaranta, Angelo. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - 10:9(2020), p. E1501. [10.3390/ani10091501]
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