Middlebury, Vermont hoarding bust: can you help?

From the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury Vermont, where Gilly and I helped out as we could when we lived up there:

As a result of a neglect complaint made to … our Cruelty Response Program, we recently rescued thirty-five (35) cats and four (4) dogs from one house in Middlebury.

Upon receiving the complaint, ACHS investigated the site to find all of the animals living in a horrendous environment.  The house was filled with debris, feces and urine and the animals were subjected to exposure of these elements on a twenty-four hour basis.  The Middlebury Police Department and Dr. Scott Sutor from Middlebury Animal Hospital assisted with this case.  It was determined that all of the animals needed to be removed immediately.

As a result of this investigation, ACHS removed all of the animals from this site within a twenty-four hour period.  The good news is that all of the animals have been rescued and are relatively healthy (need to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated), the bad news is that ACHS is overloaded with animals and struggling to provide care to these animals plus the 200 animals already in our program.

We are looking for families that would be willing to help foster some of the rescued cats.  At the present time, we are housing them at one of our employee’s barns (currently is fostering over 60 cats in her barn).  While we are extremely grateful to [her] for her unwavering dedication to our animals, we are fully aware that this is too many animals for any one family to foster.  Thus, we are seeking families to help.

ACHS, under Jackie Rose’s leadership, does great work in Addison County to save animals, to assist people in caring for the animals they have, to raise awareness of animal safety and care issues, and and to offer humane education throughout the community. The vet in this case, Scott Sutor, has my undying devotion because he was the vet on call when Gilly nearly died in June of ’08: if he hadn’t been there that day to make the initial assessment and get us immediately hooked up with the Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services surgeon, Gilly wouldn’t be here today.

Hoarding situations may begin in love for animals, but they end in abuse and neglect. They also end in real crises for the shelters who respond. Obviously, ACHS and the Middlebury Animal Hospital have a special place in my heart.

If you’re in Central Vermont, are knowledgeable about and responsible with cats, and can help with safe fostering, you can contact the ACHS Shelter Manager, Jennifer Erwin, at 802-388-1100 or by email at shelter@addisonhumane.org

If you’re one of the dwindling few in this economy who is in a position to help financially, you can make a donation of any size to help ACHS with the costs of caring for the rescued animals.

Please send a check to:


236 Boardman Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

Note in memo section:  Humane Investigation

Thanks for anything you can do.


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