Dogs and cats, living in poop: the definitive report

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A woman in Deltona, Florida was arrested last month after neighbors complained of horrible smells coming from her home. The police discovered more than sixty animals living in Linda Castillo's three-bedroom house. According to local news reports, the 45 cats and 17 dogs were covered in so much poop that officers couldn't tell which were dogs and which were cats. The floor inside the house was also covered in about five inches of poop. Firefighters had to wear gas masks and protective clothing to retrieve the animals from the house. It took them at least two days to get them all out -- they had a hard time even reaching some rooms in the house because of all the crap (literally and figuratively) inside.

Castillo is facing misdemeanor and third-degree felony charges. Enforcement Services officer Kathy Fick was quoted as saying, "This is the worst case of animal cruelty I've ever seen. The condition these animals were living in is deplorable."

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. This is what's known as "animal hoarding:" "It occurs when animal lovers or rescuers take on more animals than they can manage or care for; thus, they unintentionally become passive abusers themselves. Hoarding can become both a cruelty issue and a public safety (health) issue."

I have to take exception to the term "animal lovers" here, because anybody who truly loves animals would know better. However, that's beside the point. People all over the country are hording animals or running "pet mills" -- the wicked stepsister of animal hording. (People who run pet mills, more commonly referred to as puppy mills (careful -- that link might make you cry), are basically animal hoarders who use their animals for breeding; but the disgusting living conditions are the same.)

I found several news items about other animal hoarders/millers who allow dogs and cats (and sometimes other animals, like rabbits and goats) to dwell in their own filth. The most disgusting of which may be the couple, also in Deltona, who had 25 cats (nine of them dead) and one dog living in their home. Animal control officers said that poop covered virtually every inch of furniture in the home: "The fluids were running down the side of the chairs. The sides of the chairs were actually stuck to the floor because of the feces on the floor. There was not an area in the house that was not covered in cat feces." The house, they added, should be condemned. The couple was charged with cruelty to animals and confinement of animals.

As if it's not bad enough that these people and their pets live in such filth, some have actually forced small children to live in these deplorable, poop-ridden conditions. One couple's puppy mill was discovered only because their ten-year-old son had a dog bite wound on his face and smelled like crap so bad that his teacher finally asked him about his home life.

Then there's Annette Dorsey of Grant County, Kentucky, who is on the run after 59 dogs and four cats were found in the home in which she lived with her three teenage children. The walls and floors of the house were soaked in urine and covered in feces and all the vents in the house were closed. Oh, and one of the dogs was living in a fish aquarium. Police also found forty more dogs in the home of her older daughter, who told local news that her mother "would never harm animals." I don't want to know what this chick's idea of "harm" is.

I could go on and on with case after case of animal cruelty and neglect resulting in dogs and cats living in poop, but the Legacy of Suffering website sums it up quite nicely, documenting nearly 90 cases from 2001-2003. We at PoopReport condemn all forms of turd terrorism; in this reporter's humble opinion, this is the worst kind. Forget that any normal person wouldn't be able to handle living in such conditions (how those people could stand living in poop-covered homes is beyond me) -- forcing animals to live in their own waste is disgusting, reprehensible, and inhumane.

I was trying to think of creative, fitting punishments for these people who don't seem to think that animals deserve such things a clean home and room to stretch their legs. If you ask me, fines/community service/jail aren't enough. The best I could come up with would be to gather them all into a room and let Daphne have at them. I have a feeling she could make them think twice about how they choose to treat animals. I invite my fellow PoopReporters to conjure up some other creative and fitting punishments for these horrible people.

On a lighter note, meet the world's tallest dog.

11 Comments on "Dogs and cats, living in poop: the definitive report"

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Good Job, Ms Pance!!!

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

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thanks, bilgey!

i would like to add that most pet shops get pets (at least puppies and kittens) from pet mills. so, i, for one, will never buy another pet from a pet shop. not that i ever actually have, but now i never will. anyone who wants to help put an end to this horrid treatment of animals should do the same!

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It's hard to think of how to punish people who willingly subject not only their pets, but themselves, to conditions like these. The best I could come up with is to force them to go two nights straight to the Ice Capades.

Logjam

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that's a good point, Logjam. how do you punish someone who has no problem living amongst piles and piles and piles of shit?

i would say force them to sit through a week-long Britney Spears concert with Ashlee Simpson as the opening act. but just because that would be hell on Earth for me, doesn't necessarily mean it would be for anyone else. especially people who intentionally surround themselves in shit already.

i love poop.

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I saw an Animal Cops show once where they busted an animal hoarder. It was nasty...this lady had 200 cats in her house and it was so disgusting. I think a good punishment for those people is to put 200 of them in a house with no crapper and lock them in cages until THEY'RE covered in urine and feces. That ought to teach them.

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Some institutions teach unclean individuals about being clean the hard way. Usually someone wields a scrub brush used with plenty of pressure while several others hold the "smelly" person down. Brutal, but gets the point across. I say start with the scrub brush treatment until a few layers of skin are gone, then disinfect by tossing them in a tub filled with rubbing alcohol for an hour. Repeat offenders get the same treatment, and after get tossed in a cage knee deep with fresh kitty litter. Martha Stewart would decorate and make suggestions for lunch. Oh yeah...for good measure...they are forced to watch the movie "reefer madness" 327 times.

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I bought a AKC Boston Terrier from a pet store. I know its not a good idea, but she "picked me". There was just NO WAY I was leaving her in that small tank. I think she was from a "puppy mill", a little scared but healthy. She is fully grown now and truly wonderful. I don't want to think what I would do if I knew who abused my dog. My next will be from a breeder.(!)

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Man, that is the worst example of animal hoarding I've ever read about. A local person had more than 50 cats and had to give most of them up, but her house was nowhere near as filthy and miserable as this one. How anyone can force pets and their own children to live in that squalor is beyond comprehension. It's certainly mental illness.

Good reporting, Wonderpance.
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PooperGal's picture
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Mott,
I think I HAVE seen "Reefer Madness" 327 times. Maybe make them see "Glen and Glenda" 500 times. Far better punishment.

Seriously, people who abuse helpless creatures need to be punished AND educated. If they are mentally disturbed, then they should be treated or kept from contact with animals.

PooperGal
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Keeping away from all the forms of cruel and unusual punishment that I could mention, here are some punishments that could be dealt.

For one, they should force them to clean their poop houses, if it's at all possible to make them livable again. Secondly, if the houses are not condemned, they should be sold and the money donated to animal charities. Third, after completing the first two, put them in jail where they belong. After they've served their time, keeping them on a lifetime probation where they will be subject to periodic home inspections (surprise inspections?) sounds like it could be an effective way to keep these people from repeating the crime.

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how can the couple b so dirty and treat the animals with cruelty!!!!!!!

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A fitting punishment would be listening to "How Much is That Doggy In The Window' a few hundred times. Watching "Refer Madness" is actually fun, especially if you huff a few doobies while
doing it.

Seriously, people who do this have mental problems and need help. They should certainly be discouraged from repeating the offense but should not be punished to severely.

We once had a cat that always had the squirts. He would hop in the litter box, hang his ass over the side, then shit on the floor. We learned to keep newspapers under the box and change them often.
We now have a young female cat who can arch a stream of piss over the edge. Her litter box now sits in one of those trays
that was made to contain a water heater.
We have trouble picking animals for pets but love them anyway.

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