More Than 200 Pets Rescued From Neglect

Neglected Dogs

It was a situation that got extremely out of hand. Barbara Munroe, an Illinois woman, had too many pets and was not able to take care of all of them.

Munroe had an estimated 280 dogs, cats, and birds at her home, and on Friday, animal rescuers moved the pets from Munroe’s property and into an animal shelter.

Neglected animals were sitting inside small pens filled with feces, with no light or fresh air. The animals were also not receiving adequate food and water.

Another 200 animals were also found dead at her property.

“She was way out of her league with this. So it’s very possible they died of upper respiratory infections or old age or starvation is certainly a possibility,” said Beth Drake, Executive Director of Tails Humane Society in Dekalb.

It is believed that Munroe did not want to hurt her pets and tried to care for them, but she didn’t have enough resources to do it by herself.

Munroe faces 10 counts related to animal cruelty and not caring for her pets. If convicted, she could face up to a year in jail for each charge. There will also be legal proceedings to decide if Munroe can have her animals back. If not, the animals will be adopted out.

The State’s Attorney said that authorities had passed by the house previously, but never had gone inside. Animal Control searched the home after Munroe failed to take 35 of her dogs in for a rabies vaccination. The attorney said that from the condition of her house, Munroe could be possibly mentally ill.

The animals seized from Munroe’s property will be in the care of the animal shelter until Munroe’s legal issues are resolved.

Source: Chicago Tribune, WIFR

9 Responses to “More Than 200 Pets Rescued From Neglect”

  1. Lynne says:

    What is it about some people that they can’t recognize when they’ve hit their limit? I would also love to rescue every dog I see but three is all I can take care of at one time.

    I figure I’ve done my part and have to be satisfied with that.

  2. Lis says:

    Lynne, in this case, the woman is most likely mentally ill and not able to recognize her limitations or her failures. Not a character issue–a mental health issue. She needs help, as much as her unfortunate animals do.

  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    I am sorry, but 200 dead animals??? MY GOD. What suffering must have happened before they died!!!! HOW AWFUL. This is beyond “being in over your head”. This is severe neglect, in cages like this is no life for any cat or dog. If she is THAT mentally ill, she needs a constant caretaker herself. No animals should be subjected to this BULSHT again!!

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    This is so sad it just makes you cry. I believe she is mentally ill & finally did call for help but WAY too late. She has to be sick to keep buying pb dogs when she couldn’t even take care of what she had. So sad.

  5. Jenny Bark says:

    Read the Chicago Truibune comments. A women posted she is a neighbor, the women who kept the dogs is Barb. According to Linda her nearest neighbor is 1/2 block away. Linda says Barb has friends & they have been trying to get help for 2 years but nobody would listen to them. This Barb has paid as much as $2,000 for an English Bulldog & most of the cats cost $500.00. Linda says Barb tried to find homes for some of the animals but people were afraid to take them because of sickness. Linda says the paper isn’t telling the full story of how they tried to get help.

    From what I read this Barb kept buying pb & is really sick. Look at the cages outside, they cost money. My question is if their is any truth to this why wasn’t something done sooner for both the women & babies?

  6. 2CatMom says:

    Its almost impossible to get help for someone who is mentally ill if the person doesn’t want help. Even family members can’t just have someone forced into care unless they are an imminent danger to themselves or others. And unfortunately, ‘others’ probably doesn’t include animals.

    So these ill people fall through the cracks. She probably would be horrified if she understood what she had done. But believe me, she doesn’t.

  7. Lynn says:

    Such a sad, sad story for everyone involved.

  8. Tanya says:

    Hording is such a strange illness. Your capicity to love is blended with guilt, is joined with the sense of being overwhelmed.

    these people live in their own filth. to say they “should have recognized that” is nonsense. if you are willing to live in true filth (not just - hi, my house isn’t prestine) then there is something very wrong with you.

    the answer is not to judge this women. the answer is to judge the social systems that allow women like this to live without real help; to allow animals to be overlooked when all the neighbors complain (not this story specifically, but horders usually take 2-3 years to be noticed or attended to by Human Society and Animal Welfare types even after neighbors complain of stench).

    our real problem is 1) why does it take so long to get AC out to horders, and 2) why does the AC then go insane with teh “my god, how could this happen”.

    We need to evaluate how we are spending welfare’s time and money, stop worrying about the woman with the overweight dog who is getting it treatment, and focuse on issues where many animals are in serious need.

  9. Jenny Bark says:

    Tanya from your lips to God’s ear. I’m with yow all the way, and agree 100% with you.

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