Dozens of cats, dogs taken from 2 TX houses owned by alleged animal hoarder

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POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:35am

UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:10pm

Animal services officials in Wichita Falls, Texas say of the 80 or so dogs and cats taken Wednesday and Friday from two homes owned by the same man, 23 had to be euthanized and most are in bad health.

Officials say they're all underweight, infested with fleas and some have hair loss.

"Nearly all the cats have what appears to be some type of upper respiratory illness. They're having trouble breathing. They have matted hair. Several have skin issues and some hair loss," says Katrena Mitchell, administrator of the Wichita Falls Animal Services Center.

Brooks Harvey, a licensed professional counselor, says from what he's heard about the owner he believes he fits the description of a pet hoarder.

"Studies show a lot of these people don't have any idea that they're neglecting their animals. They can't comprehend that. It's associated with depressive disorders and anxiety disorders often times," says Harver, who works at Helen Farabee Regional MHMR.

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