Target: Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas
Goal: Demand mental treatment for woman who allegedly hoarded and abused dozens of animals.
Over twenty dogs and numerous cats were recently removed from a home where they reportedly endured debilitating skin conditions, broken bones, open wounds and deplorable conditions in the care of a hoarder. A woman had been taking in the animals off the street and Internet for years and is now facing animal cruelty charges for the condition to which they were subjected in her care. Tell the Attorney General that this woman needs care for her mental condition instead of punishment for a crime she doesn’t understand she committed.
Hoarding is a mental condition that often leaves those affected unaware of how serious and unhealthy their surroundings are, including to them. She had no electricity or water in the house and had received numerous health citations and warnings to clean up her property due to the risk to her, her animals and the neighboring pets. The house had been previously visited by police and animal advocates, but the animals remained in her care until the problem had escalated enough for her to be charged by the police department.
This situation is unfortunate for both the woman involved and the animals, and now that they will be receiving the care they need to be rehabilitated, their owner should as well. The government needs to not only prevent her from owning another animal that she cannot properly care for, but also make sure she receives the necessary care for her hoarding problem. Tell the Attorney General she needs time in a mental facility, not a jail, in order to hopefully get the kind of understanding and treatment to help her move on to a healthy life.
Dear Attorney General Paxton,
A woman allegedly hoarded dozens of animals in her house, endangering their well-being and her own over many years as she faced police and animal advocate visits. After numerous warnings, her animals have finally been confiscated and she has been charged with animal cruelty for the suffering of the pets in her care, but she shouldn’t have to endure jail time. She should spend time in a state mental facility.
Hoarding is a condition wherein those afflicted don’t understand the danger of their situation, and jail time will not change how this woman handles herself in the future. She performed her alleged act from a place of trying to help animals, and the only way to help her understand the dangers of her behavior is through mental health treatment.
[Your Name Here]
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