ARL, MSPCA treating rescued animals
BOSTON — Almost 200 animals were rescued from a Lynnfield home last month in one of the largest hoarding situations in recent years, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
A wide range of animals including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home, officials said.
All of the 199 animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.
The animals are being treated at ARL and MSPCA-Angell for various health issues resulting from neglect, officials said.
“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” said the ARL’s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore.
The Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg and Jabberwock Reptiles of Winchester also are caring for some of the rescued animals.
The six dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery. The Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs, officials said.