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(p. 159) Understanding Animal Neglect and Hoarding 

(p. 159) Understanding Animal Neglect and Hoarding
(p. 159) Understanding Animal Neglect and Hoarding

Gary Patronek

and Jane N. Nathanson

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date: 16 April 2021

In this chapter, several forms of neglect (husbandry-related “routine” neglect, deliberate and economically motivated neglect, and caregiver-fabricated illness in which medical problems are created or exacerbated by the owner) are examined based on the authors’ experience during counseling and law enforcement interventions. This chapter illustrates how neglect does not necessarily imply a lesser form of maltreatment than deliberate cruelty, reviews the concept of competency to care for animals, and suggests factors that might be useful to explore during a forensic investigation. Hoarding is examined in greater depth as a distinctive form of neglect, and why the legal system is ill-prepared to address it under current laws. The chapter reviews the importance of understanding the human-animal bond and how it might influence the expression of hoarding behavior and touches on various psychodynamic theories. Several cases are used to illustrate common legal, behavioral, and clinical features.

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