Send a letter to encourage a meaningful sentence upon conviction for animal hoarder Wendy Oughton!
Hoarder in 'Million-Dollar Home' Charged with Cruelty
Send a letter to the local and county prosecutors to encourage a meaningful sentence upon conviction!
(Morris County, NJ) Illustrating that the roots of animal hoarding are psychological and not financial, approximately 150 cats were discovered in March 2009 at Wendy Oughton's ‘million dollar' home in Chester Township. Ms. Oughton is now facing over 90 criminal charges of animal cruelty related to animal hoarding. The cats were allegedly living in deplorable conditions and the house, despite its value on paper, may be condemned. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized over 20 cats in the initial raid, and was later able to successfully negotiate for the relinquishment of the remaining cats, with Oughton agreeing to pay for their cost of care during their recovery.
What You Can Do To Help
Polite letters of thanks may be sent to the local and county prosecutors, noting concern for the prevalence of animal hoarding and the expectation that all local agencies be well-educated on the subject. Cooperative efforts are crucial to meaningful animal hoarding interventions - not only for the sake of the animals tied to current cases, but to prevent future suffering (not to mention the drain on community resources), as the recidivism rate among animal hoarders nears 100%.