Psychologist Blames Mental Health for Animal Hoarding Problem

Author: WGXA
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 2:10 PM
Categories: College of Arts and Sciences | In the News | Faculty/Staff

Macon, GA

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Michele Scordato is a psychology professor at Middle Georgia State College.

“A person's living condition's is usually is very unsanitary and unlivable due to the fact that they've had an abnormal amount of animals living in their home,” Scordato said.

She said many cases of animal hoarding have mental health issues attached.

“The people involved in animal hoarding, from what I understand, is that they've lost someone. There may be grief or mental health issues involved. Animal hoarding is likening to obsessive compulsive behavior or O.C.D.