Never Enough: Animal Hoarding Law

67 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017 Last revised: 16 Jan 2018

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Courtney G. Lee

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2017


Animal hoarding, a disorder that causes sufferers to acquire animals compulsively despite the inability or unwillingness to provide them with adequate care, is a widespread, costly, often underestimated problem that causes more animal suffering than all acts of intentional cruelty combined. Not only are animals harmed, but humans are as well, from dependents that live with hoarders to members of the surrounding communities to the hoarders themselves. Current laws do not address the issue effectively, and recidivism rates are close to 100%. This Article seeks to increase awareness of the animal hoarding problem and offers suggestions as to how the law might evolve to better manage and resolve these complex cases.

Keywords: animal hoarding, hoarding, animal cruelty, animal law, recidivism

Suggested Citation

Lee, Courtney G., Never Enough: Animal Hoarding Law (February 1, 2017). University of Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 47, Iss. 1, Article 3, 2017. Available at SSRN:

Courtney G. Lee (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law ( email )

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Sacramento, CA 95817
United States

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