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Doddridge County Humane Officer Gives Information on How to Prevent Animal Hoarding

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Most of the animals taken from the Doddridge County animal hoarding situation have been taken in by animal rescue organizations but there are still some at Harrison County Animal Control that need good homes.

"The ones that are here now are in pretty decent shape but they will need a little attention with vet care, because they have some parasites and worms and some skin conditions and lesions from where they were left in urine," explained Shawn Stevens, the director of Harrison County Animal Control.

Stevens said the shelter currently has eight cats and two dogs from the hoarding situation.

More than 100 cats came in originally but that number dwindled down once animal rescue organizations took them in.

Harrison County Animal Control is a kill facility, so there is a limit on how much time the animals can be there. But Stevens said these animals will be held longer than usual.

"We're going to keep them a little longer than normal because there is so much interest in it so we're going to try to hold them until we can get them all placed," said Stevens.

Stevens said that the Harrison County Humane Society handles its adoptions so anyone interested in adopting animals from them must go through the humane society.

On Friday Doddridge County Humane Officer Chris Garner and a representative from the West Union Police Department were at animal control to pick up some of the cages used in the house.

Deputy Garner said that even though these hoarding situations are unfortunate, it's for the best interest of the animals.

"Unfortunately for us we encountered what we did however the good thing is that the majority of the animals have been fostered out to homes for their well being," said Garner.

Garner said that there isn't a certain number of animals someone has to have to be considered a hoarder, but it does depend on the number they can take care of properly.

"Individuals can handle certain amounts, but it's a matter of being able to handle them adequately. As far as being able to take care of them with food, water, shelter, and especially with inclement weather the extreme cold is also playing a factor with outdoor animals," Garner explained.

Deputy Garner said if you or someone you know is becoming an animal hoarder help is available.

You can go to your local sheriff's department or law enforcement agency.

He said you can even go to a local animal rescue group for help.

For information on adopting any animals involved in this seizure click here.

The woman who had the animals was arrested on Friday morning and charged with six counts of animal cruelty.