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Reader's view: Experts needed to deal with compulsive hoarding

It's obvious some decision makers are not up on the latest news. That seemed to be in the case in the cat-hoarding story in Two Harbors ("Animal hoarding an illness ending in heartbreak," March 28).

It's obvious some decision makers are not up on the latest news. That seemed to be in the case in the cat-hoarding story in Two Harbors ("Animal hoarding an illness ending in heartbreak," March 28).

According to the A&E television show "Hoarders," hoarding is a compulsion just like many compulsions for which people get treated. They all fall under Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD.

People who suffer from this disorder do not need their stories splashed all over the news. I hope onlookers will not judge these people who are hoarders or who have hoarding tendencies because many people suffer from OCD, just in different forms.

The 90-some cats in the Two Harbors story were healthy, and I'm sure those involved are suffering a great loss.

We should leave the trained specialists to handle these cases, and by no means should hoarders be penalized. Since this is becoming a growing problem, authorities should consider hiring experts to handle such future cases. We should also give people their privacy.

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Kelly Abu Azzam

Duluth

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