Several animal hoarding cases have been reported in the past several months in the East Tennessee area. Suspecting animal cruelty, officials entered the home of couple James Edward Cagle, 67 and Glenda Marie Cagle, 64 on Neubert Springs Road in South Knoxville to find animals hiding in the wall panels. The floor was buried 6-12 inches deep in feces. The damage to the house was so bad that the City had to condemn the residence. On April 22nd the couple was arrested on 5 separate counts for hoarding the 76 dogs in their home.
This type of hoarding can spiral out of control and cause inhumane and often irreversible damage to the animals. Many of the dogs had to be “euthanized because they were too aggressive, suffered severe health problems or were too malnourished to be nursed back to health,” said Tim Adams, Executive Director of Young-Williams Animal Center.
Additionally, animal hoarding often destroys the real estate occupied by the hoarder and can result in the structure needing to be demolished. Not only can it be extremely expensive to local property owners, animal hoarding poses dangers to nearby residents and the community. Unfortunately, few laws exist that specifically address animal hoarding.