When you think of what a hoarder is, you think of people that can’t seem to throw anything away. Or you think of that reality show on A&E called Hoarders. What you don’t think of is someone hoarding dogs, more specifically Yorkies. Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo are hoarders that live in San Diego and have recently pleaded guilty to the charges of animal neglect after it was discovered that the couple had owned more than 170 Yorkshire Terriers, and kept them in deplorable conditions. The couple had kept all the Yorkies at various different locations that they owned. 90 Yorkies were discovered in their home, 46 Yorkies were found in an RV located in Nevada, and the reaming 30 pups were found at an undisclosed location. The one thing that all three locations had in common was their horrible conditions. When the San Diego Humane Society rescued pups it was discovered that not only were they covered in filth, but their rooms were as well. Thankfully, in addition to their sentence of a three-year probation, Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo, have been legally banned from ever owning a pet again.
According to Inside Edition, 92 of the Yorkies have found their forever homes with loving families and the San Diego Humane Society is still working hard to place the rest of these pups with good families. One family reached out to talk about their experience with helping rescue Yorkie, Lucy. According to Lucy’s mom, it took a while for Lucy to open up. And after 2 months of constant love and affection, Lucy has begun to trust again, though she still tenses up at loud noises. Lucy’s mom isn’t the only one to reach out. The new families of these rescue Yorkies have formed a Facebook group to share the news of how their pups are doing and get support from other families facing the same struggles of helping these severely neglected dogs.