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Inside Animal Hoarding: The Story of Barbara Erickson and Her 522 Dogs

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Inside Animal Hoarding profiles one of the largest and most intriguing cases of animal hoarding in recent history. Celeste Killeen's investigation pries open the door to Barbara Erickson's hidden and closely guarded life, offering an in-depth view of animal hoarding. The chaos and torment discovered by local officials who'd responded to a ramshackle farmhouse in eastern Oregon was described as otherworldly, unbelievable. But, it was only the sad ending to a lifelong story of betrayal, abuse and abandonment. This in-depth look at how animal hoarding developed in one woman's life offers the rich detail and context so important in understanding how to recognize and respond to it and maybe even prevent it. Dr. Arnold Arluke's discussion follows the Erickson story with current research on animal hoarding and how it ties into the Erickson case. Drawing from his background in sociology and extensive study of the human/animal relationship, Arluke offers further insight about animal hoarders, how they see themselves, how society deals with them, and why people find them so perplexing. This integration of investigative journalism and scholarship offers a fresh approach with appeal to a broad audience of readers, those new to learning about the phenomenon, and those with first-hand experience in the animal welfare field.

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Arluke (sociology and anthropology, Northwestern U.) and Killeen, a professional in social services with a background in psychology and the Web site animalhoarding.com, combine their respective academic and journalistic writing styles to detail one case and use it to illuminate the larger phenomenon of people who collect dozens or hundreds of dogs or cats. Erickson and her husband were typical in saying they wanted to help the dogs they amassed in Oregon during the late 1990s, and in being overwhelmed at last, forcing government officials to step in and take charge of underfed animals in filthy condition. They put her story in the context of who such hoarders are, how they think about themselves, and why most people find them both disturbing and interesting. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Arnold Arluke, a professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University and a senior research fellow at the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, is the co-author of Regarding Animals that won Charles Horton Cooley Book Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (1997). He is also the associate editor of Society and Animals, and co-editor of Temple University's series in Animals, Culture and History. Celeste Killeen works as a Family Preservation Specialist for a small social services company in Boise, Idaho. She holds a BS degree in psychology and a curiosity about the human/animal bond.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557535115
Author:
Arluke, Arnold, Ph.d.
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Author:
Arluke, Ph. D.
Author:
Arluke, Arnold
Author:
Arluke Ph. D., Arnold
Author:
Arluke, Arnold, PH.D.
Author:
Celeste
Author:
Arnold Arluke, Ph.D.
Author:
Killeen, Celeste
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Psychopathology - Compulsive Behavior
Subject:
General Pets
Subject:
Erickson, Barbara
Subject:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder - Patients
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Compulsive behavior
Subject:
Psychology-Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 0.88 lb

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