Study on Animal Hoarding Published in Barcelona

A recent study on animal hoarding was published by researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) in Barcelona. Together with a Spanish humane society, they analyzed data gathered from twenty-four case reports in their 2002 to 2011 database which involved a total of 1,218 dogs and cats and 27 hoarders, and they have found that seventy-five percent of the animals were exposed to poor welfare.

“This is the first step towards public recognition of this disorder, a disorder that constitutes a growing concern for government as it is becoming a serious problem for public health. There are still no standardised action protocols for intervention in these cases,” said Paula Calvo, a researcher of the IMIM research group on anxiety, affective disorders and schizophrenia.
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