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Alleged Hoarder Allowed to Keep 29 Cats and One Dog

Until her case is decided in court, Elizabeth Owen, owner of Sacred Vision animal Sanctuary, will get to keep 29 cats and one dog.

The 30 animals, which were Owen’s personal pets, were among the 227 seized after a court hearing on Tuesday. The seizure followed PETA investigation footage presented to the Solicitor’s office last week.  The undercover PETA representative, posing as a volunteer, claims Owen was hoarding the neglected cats and keeping them in filthy conditions.

To view both the TV news and PETA investigation videos, click here.

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  • March 3, 2011 8:05 amPosted 4 years ago
    Kathy Shane


  • March 3, 2011 8:06 amPosted 4 years ago
    Life With Cats

    The Horry County Animal Care Center is asking for donations of metal food bowls, laundry soap, paper towels and newspapers, along with cash to provide for adequate care for the nearly 200 seized cats, which they will care for until the case is resolved.
    They are at:
    Horry County Animal Care Center
    103 Elm Street
    Conway, SC 29526-5116
    (843) 248-1520

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    March 3, 2011 8:08 amPosted 4 years ago
    Beverly Nicole

    I feel for these ppl. Theres no doubt that she loves them, but theres no excuse for letting them live filthy. Hoarding is an actual disability its sad really.

  • March 3, 2011 8:15 amPosted 4 years ago
    Life With Cats

    We’re not close enough to the story to know her motivation. It’d be interesting to hear from locals.

  • March 4, 2011 7:09 amPosted 4 years ago

    There´s a tiny line between those who protect animals and those who hoard animals. In fact, I believe that a hoarder always starts protecting animals (at least, this is the first goal), but on the way, he looses the sense of what protection means. Protection starts to mean ONLY taking animals off the streets. He has no money to feed them properly, to provide vet care or to keep the place clean.
    Here in São Paulo/BR we had a few meetings among some NGOs and public organs (including Health Care), NGOs always “keep an eye” on independent animal protectors´ behaviour to avoid hoarding cases. But it´s a very difficult task, since there´s no control of how many protectors really exist. We depend on neighbours who inform us about the hoarder´s activities to be able to do something about it. And then, another problem: where to take the animals? And the biggest problem of all: it´s proved that hoarding is a psychological/psychiatric desease, but there is no treatment so far! And legally speaking, it´s not possible to avoid the hoarder moves some place else and starts hoarding again…

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    March 4, 2011 2:15 pmPosted 4 years ago
    Helen Bailey

    Updte: 107 of the cats had to be euthanized because they were so sick. How can someone claim to love animals so much treat them so poorly?

  • March 4, 2011 2:57 pmPosted 4 years ago
    Life With Cats

    Thanks, Helen, for followup, sad though it be.

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    March 6, 2011 3:20 pmPosted 4 years ago
    Carol Perry

    Hell no, what is wrong with the authorities. That monster should not be allowed anywhere near any type of animal.


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