According to the huffingtonpost.com,
The remains of 240 dogs that had been held by a convicted animal hoarder were buried on Tuesday by the Humane Society. The dogs’ ashes were found in garbage bags in the home of animal hoarder Judy Cahill, of Rockville, Md., who was convicted in November 2009 of animal neglect. Cahill would place ads in the paper with offers to “rehome” dogs that needed an owner, but she would later have them euthanized, investigators told Fox Baltimore. Authorities say Cahill kept hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dogs at her home over a 30-year period, according to local radio station WBAL 1090 AM. The dogs that had been cremated are thought to have been Cahill’s favorites. Cahill’s home was covered in feces and was full of dog crates with bent bars, which authorities say showed the dogs wanted to escape, local ABC affiliate WMAR-TV reports.
This case should serve as proof that laws regarding animals need to change. This woman was convicted before this. In 2009, Cahill was charged with animal neglect and for allowing animals to cause an unsanitary condition after police discovered dogs in a feces, trash-filled house that were being kept in wire cages.
According to 2.gazette.net, “A toenail had grown into the dog’s foot pad, which had become infected, and Cahill had not provided needed veterinary care, said Capt. Michael Wahl, head of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division.” In addition, they state that Cahill’s rescue operation that she called Rescue Inc. was actually listed as being a humane society in the actual phone book for over a decade and that while people, including neighbors, complained to authorities that nothing was ever done until now.
In that case, police had said they planned to try to get a court order barring her from owning animals again in the future. Cahill also faced a maximum of $600 in possible fines for all her charges in this case. Obviously, neither one was sufficient because she continued to abuse and neglect animals.
This case serves as a perfect example of why we need much harsher penalties against people who abuse animals and why we need a national animal abuse registry. Also, while people may be banned from owning animals within a city or county, it is clear that if someone is banned from owning animals again it should also be enforced nationwide.
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