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Animal Hoarding Affects Local Shelters

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Posted: Jan 25, 2013 4:47 PM

Updated: Jan 25, 2013 4:58 PM

HARLINGEN - Animal hoarding often results in an extra burden for local humane societies, experts said.

Harlingen Humane Society workers said their shelter is regularly filled to capacity. Things become complicated when animal control officers bring a horde of pets.

"We get stuck with a situation where we might have to put down a big load of animals, just because people chose not to spay and neuter or to over-collect," Harlingen Humane Society Manager Frank Quinones said.

Quinones said his group took in 30 cats that were confiscated from a home last week.

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