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National group addresses animal hoarding with local law enforcement

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Local authorities are learning more about animal hoarding. 

The problem is on the rise across the country because hoarding often happens among people with anxiety who are struggling financially and both conditions are up right now.

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spoke to local law enforcement and animal control Friday about how to spot an animal hoarder.

"Hoarding isn't about the number of animals, it's about the quality of care.  One of the things that distinguishes hoarders is they're oblivious to the hard they are causing.  They think they are helping animals," said Dr. Randall Lockwood with ASPCA to those who attended the conference.

Experts say if the animals are starting to interfere with a person's daily living, then it's become a problem and they need professional helps.  They also say preventing hoarding is a community issue and it's not just up to animal control officers.

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