Reprimand Couple for Hoarding and Abusing Cats

Target: Debra Elaine Goulding and William Joseph Goulding

Goal: Reprimand couple for hoarding, abusing, and neglecting more than 25 cats under hideous conditions.

A couple in Mytrle Beach, South Carolina carried out a heartless act of animal cruelty by hoarding over two dozen cats and kittens in their cramped mobile home. After reports from neighbors of cats living in what seemed to be an abandoned home, police officers responded immediately only to uncover a harrowing scene.

More than 25 cats, emaciated, neglected and feral were living in the Goulding’s mobile home, while the couple resided in a separate room closed off from access by the cats. Among the sick cats were a bundle of kittens who were lethargic and suffering from severe eye infections. As many as two cats were found dead on the premises: one smashed underneath the foot of a couch and another that appeared to be trapped in a reclining chair for weeks.

Officers recalled ‘an extremely pungent odor’ and mounting feces in the home. And, while they captured a large portion of the cats during their first visit, it is reported that there are many, many more felines living behind the wall panels of the mobile home. What’s worse is that 14 of the cats who were rushed to a nearby humane society were so sick and feeble they had no choice but to euthanize them.

It is unclear how long the Goulding couple had been hoarding and neglecting these cats and kittens, but their obvious apathy shows that they should never be allowed to own animals ever again. By signing this petition, you’ll tell the Gouldings that their actions are completely unforgivable, and stand up for justice to be served accordingly.


Dear Debra Goulding & William Goulding,

Your recent act of animal cruelty deserves more admonishment than a fine or short jail sentence could ever provide. As pet owners you, without question, take responsibility for the lives of the animals that are in your care. Just because you two provide a home for these cats to dwell in doesn’t mean you’re good owners. Animals deserve the same attention and care that we, as human beings, are entitled to. Hoarding these cats as though they were simply objects to ‘collect’ is inexcusable, and because of your selfishness 14 of them had to have their lives cut short.

I hope that the court system of South Carolina dishes out a fair punishment to you both, and that you are banned from ever being able to own pets for as long as you both shall live.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. I completely agree that these two should not be allowed to own any animals unless they get help and successful treatment for their problem. However, sending them a letter telling them how horrible they are will not help anything. Hoarding is a behavioral disorder; it is classified as a mental illness. They probably know how terrible this situation is and they probably feel extreme guilt over it. Again, none of this excuses what they did, but this is not a situation where two people deliberately and maliciously set out to abuse animals; people who do this think they are helping. Perhaps we should try to understand this problem a little better so we can effectively prevent other situations like this from happening instead of focusing on serving retribution and making people feel lower than they already do.

    • No Kate this couples problem and clearly yours as well is that they see an animal as an object. They are living creatures, how is it not malicious to have a cat crushed under your couch? We should try and make the situation better by bringing cases like this to light to show that peoples excuses about their “hording” and making animals into objects can lead to over 25 living beings to inexcusably suffer. Now let’s get REAL- if you think for one second this is not repulsive and that everything should be done o take action against these people you need to seek help and never be a home to any animals.

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