Most likely you've heard about animal hoarders. But what happens when this becomes a reality for you because you live next door to an animal hoarder?
Attorney Scott D. Fisher was interviewed by the syndicated news show America Now, where he discussed the issues that arise from having an animal hoarder as a neighbor.
View the video here:
Property Risks when Living Next to an Animal Hoarder
Property values for surrounding houses can decrease significantly when a neighbor is hoarding animals. The animals can be an eyesore, can damage or destroy property, can smell terribly; and can leave excrement on surrounding properties.
Health Risks when Living Next to an Animal Hoarder
A certain parasite found in cat feces can cause brain cancer in humans. Cats can also spread diseases such as rabies, distemper, and feline leukemia.
How to Deal with an Animal Hoarder Next Door
If you live next to an cat hoarder, you may wish to speak to your neighbor and suggest that they reach out to organizations to help find shelters or homes for their cats. You can also employ the "trap, neuter and release" method by trapping the cats yourself, taking them to a local animal control office for spaying/neutering, and then releasing them. This limits the future breeding of the cats.
The ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , recommends that you contact any of the following to handle the problem:
- Local human society;
- Animal shelter;
- Social services; and
- Police department.
Contact Scott D. Fisher & Associates if you need a Beverly Hills attorney. Call 323-989-4860 now to learn about our areas of practice.