Yesterday, as ABC7 News covered the story about the 12 dogs that were rescued from a house fire on Chicago’s Northwest Side, animal lovers all around Chicagoland sat in stunned silence. Yet another person, this time a 50-year-old man, was hoarding animals and this time the act almost eliminated 12 defenseless animals! So far only one of the dogs died from the fire.
The hoarder lived on the 5000-block of West Winona in the Forest Glen neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital with burns. While no one wants a human being to suffer, it is unbelievable when we hear that animals must suffer due to people hoarding them.
Sometimes the hoarding has this type of result, accidental death because of a tragedy, and sometimes death is due to the fact that the hoarders forget to even feed or provide water to the animals in their care; needless to say they are never taken to a vet, taken for a walk, or even cleaned up after. The animals end up living in utter despair; with filth and negligence.
The fire began about 3:45 p.m. and unfortunately the fire also spread to the house next door. The home owner/hoarder escaped but then tried to rescue his dogs and tried to go back inside the burning house. It was not as if the man was uncaring. He did suffer substantial burns and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC). He is in critical condition.
The dogs were on the first floor and in the basement of the home. When the dogs were rescued, some were unconscious. Oxygen masks were used to get the dogs some clean air; blankets covered the pets when the firefighters rescued the canines.
Animal hoarders many times believe that they are “collecting” dogs. They really do not want to create an issue, but their situation gets blown way out of control. Many times, as with this fire, the results of hoarding are horrific!
Hoarding is a sickness but the animals suffer horribly; neglect, no veterinary care, living in filth – including their own urine and feces and not enough food or clean water. The “care” that the animals are receiving is not enough to prevent them from getting sick or dying.
Whether or not this is a real crime, it is a literal crime! Hoarding is abuse! Even if the hoarders feel “love” for the animals, they are doing them no good by having them live in such a state of disrepair. The animals have no say and only want to provide unconditional love.
If you happen to suspect that a friend or a loved one is hoarding animals, it is best to seek help as soon as possible from the proper authorities. This way you can avoid the tragedy that happened yesterday as a result of the animal hoarder in Forest Glen. If someone had turned him in, chances are the dog that lost its life may not have had to!