Animal hoarding is a well-known and documented mental disorder that often results in abuse, cruelty or neglect of animals. Animal hoarders keep large numbers of animals as pets, even though they often surpass their ability to properly house and care for them. Hoarders typically fail to recognize that they are not providing adequate food, water, sanitation and veterinary care.
Animal law enforcement must be able to recognize the signs associated with animals hoarding, in such situations, officers must contact the appropriate agencies to address the hoarding. However, law enforcement must also uphold existing animals law and investigate cases based on evidence, in accordance with legal guidelines.