Dr. Phil Aids Alleged Cat Hoarder

Talk show host reportedly interviews woman and agrees to pay for attorney.

Posted: September 19, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Dr. Phil aids alleged cat hoarder.Daytime talk show host Phil “Dr. Phil” McGraw reportedly is providing assistance to a Florida woman battling Volusia County for the right to keep her 200 cats.

McGraw, a licensed psychologist, interviewed Kristy Grant last week for an upcoming show about people who hoard animals, according to a report in the Sept. 16 edition of the Orlando Sentinel.

The paper also reported that the show agreed to pay for an animal-rights lawyer to represent Grant in her fight to keep the cats at her 10-acre home in rural Volusia County.

Grant, 47, a second-grade teacher in the Florida town of DeLeon Springs, had sought permission to turn her home into an animal shelter, but the Volusia County Council rejected her request, citing county rules that limit residential pets to four per household.

The county has ordered her to remove most of the cats by mid-November.

Grant told the newspaper that producers of the Dr. Phil show read about her and flew to Florida the weekend of Sept. 9 to film her and her cats at her home, then invited her to Los Angeles for a show taping. Two of her neighbors also appeared on the show’s taping to complain about Grant.

Grant and the neighbors declined to be specific about what she or her neighbors said, citing a confidentiality agreement that bars them from discussing the show before it airs. An air date for the episode has yet to be scheduled.

Grant said that next month she plans to ask the Volusia County Council to rehear her case.

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Debra    San Diego, CA

7/27/2007 5:10:39 AM

200 cats are a bit much, even though she has alot of property. I would like to see this show, but I rarely watch Dr. Phil because I can't stand him.

Faythe    Pine Hall, NC

5/27/2007 8:36:41 AM

Typical Dr. Phil, sticking his nose where it doesn't belong! I believe it's ok to own more than 1 cat, but 200??????

Victim    Fort Collins, CO

11/17/2006 12:38:14 PM

Please send this to Dr. Phil so he can deliver it to Kristy, unless you have a way to get it to her. Everyone has a purpose in life. Kristy is knows and is following hers. The photos of her house looked extremely clean. She neuters them and provides medical care. She is doing every thing right, but she has a bad neighbor. Although for her animals’ safety, I suggest strongly that she tops the yard area to keep her cats in and safe. I bet a bundle that she is grandfathered in. It also seems odd that ten acres is zoned for residential purposes only.
It is shameful that this society attacks those who dedicate their lives to helping other species survive the mass slaughter that is embraced by those who refuse to help. If you do not want to help them survive, leave those who will alone and be grateful that they are not trying to force you to take care of some, or else face the malicious attacks and that you routinely inflict upon them. A parable: Some people can take care of their kids. Some take care of foster homes. Some take care of orphanages. It is only a matter of what they are willing to sacrifice. Those who only care for their own are not deficient or abnormal any more than those who take on orphanages of kids. It is the same with animal caretakers. It is what they are each willing to sacrifice. And should all those who care for foster kids or orphanages be prohibited from having kids of their own that are permanent members of their family? Neither should that restriction be forced on those who rescue other species.
The label “hoarder” is a misnomer and intentionally misleading and inflammatory. After all would society be eager to join the feeding frenzy on sanctuaries? History has shown that is why the slur has changed from “collectors” to “hoarders”.
You all should try to get a hold of John Stossel's piece on "Hoarders Are An Easy Bust" that was presented last year on 20/20.
In that investigative piece they had an undercover vet with hidden camera join several busts. He was ultimately enraged when he discovered that every bust was fraudulently represented. The usual lies that the animals were emaciated, neglected, and sick and near death, feral from lack of contact, filthy, kept in filthy housing were made as they stole every animal and falsely charged the caretakers/owners. The vet in a rage adamantly refuted every accusation that was made by the animal control and authorities.
That is what usually happens, but the media will not tell the truth. Why? Not certain, but I have my suspicions. It would be something that you should try to discover, especially since the routine broadcast of the invidious discriminatory false accusations of the class as a whole is being exploited by the media and show hosts again. There are bad caretakers who only have one animal and also who also have many; as there are great places by those who have only one and those who have numerous animals. But the assault that has been engaged is not differentiating.
The people who dedicate their lives to helping other species have all been labeled hoarders unless they are very rich or have wealthy backers. It has nothing to do with quality of care of the animal, but only how easily the unwealthy and pacifistic rescurers are assaulted. The 20/20 piece exposes what is actually happening.
Although 20/20 generally provides copies of the videos they air to the public upon payment, this one was taken out of the main stream. Why? Same answer as why the media refuse to tell the truth about this class and the false charges and allegations they suffer, even when the media is present during the busts. In this 20/20 piece nothing unusual was involved in the busts, EXCEPT they had an undercover vet with camera that PRIOVED the civil rights discrimination and assault by government power, and someone was involved who was honorable and had professional clout. But not enough to provide the video to the public as they do all their other shows.
Sounds a bit like what blacks used to suffer because IT IS the very same discrimination. Lies and wholesale defamation used to incite the public, false arrests and imprisonments, deprivation of property, denial of due process and equal protection of the law, and wholesale media complicity.
Were the blacks hideous as the media used to present? No. Neither are the people who HAVE to hide to protect animals in their care because they will be attacked and their animals slaughtered if exposed. The people who are attacked are not rich, and generally give everything they have to help the animals in their custody. They should be assisted, not assaulted.
They used to be called sanctuaries, but of course that label will not do because it instills positive emotions not hatred and general animus for the class (just as the label "blacks" conjures different emotions than the label "niggers". That is hideously wrong, but an historical fact.).
Hoarders are not a class you say? Before the civil rights movement, blacks weren't identified as a class either, and they had to fight for that constitutional protection. The similarities to the two movements to oppress are very apparent to all who wish to discern the truth. Try to get a hold of the 20/20 piece, and if you can't get it, find out why. Society owes the victims that much truth before anyone says anything else about "hoarders".
Another Victim of the Assault.

Victim    Fort Collins, CO

11/17/2006 12:38:07 PM

Please send this to Dr. Phil so he can deliver it to Kristy, unless you have a way to get it to her. Everyone has a purpose in life. Kristy is knows and is following hers. The photos of her house looked extremely clean. She neuters them and provides medical care. She is doing every thing right, but she has a bad neighbor. Although for her animals’ safety, I suggest strongly that she tops the yard area to keep her cats in and safe. I bet a bundle that she is grandfathered in. It also seems odd that ten acres is zoned for residential purposes only.
It is shameful that this society attacks those who dedicate their lives to helping other species survive the mass slaughter that is embraced by those who refuse to help. If you do not want to help them survive, leave those who will alone and be grateful that they are not trying to force you to take care of some, or else face the malicious attacks and that you routinely inflict upon them. A parable: Some people can take care of their kids. Some take care of foster homes. Some take care of orphanages. It is only a matter of what they are willing to sacrifice. Those who only care for their own are not deficient or abnormal any more than those who take on orphanages of kids. It is the same with animal caretakers. It is what they are each willing to sacrifice. And should all those who care for foster kids or orphanages be prohibited from having kids of their own that are permanent members of their family? Neither should that restriction be forced on those who rescue other species.
The label “hoarder” is a misnomer and intentionally misleading and inflammatory. After all would society be eager to join the feeding frenzy on sanctuaries? History has shown that is why the slur has changed from “collectors” to “hoarders”.
You all should try to get a hold of John Stossel's piece on "Hoarders Are An Easy Bust" that was presented last year on 20/20.
In that investigative piece they had an undercover vet with hidden camera join several busts. He was ultimately enraged when he discovered that every bust was fraudulently represented. The usual lies that the animals were emaciated, neglected, and sick and near death, feral from lack of contact, filthy, kept in filthy housing were made as they stole every animal and falsely charged the caretakers/owners. The vet in a rage adamantly refuted every accusation that was made by the animal control and authorities.
That is what usually happens, but the media will not tell the truth. Why? Not certain, but I have my suspicions. It would be something that you should try to discover, especially since the routine broadcast of the invidious discriminatory false accusations of the class as a whole is being exploited by the media and show hosts again. There are bad caretakers who only have one animal and also who also have many; as there are great places by those who have only one and those who have numerous animals. But the assault that has been engaged is not differentiating.
The people who dedicate their lives to helping other species have all been labeled hoarders unless they are very rich or have wealthy backers. It has nothing to do with quality of care of the animal, but only how easily the unwealthy and pacifistic rescurers are assaulted. The 20/20 piece exposes what is actually happening.
Although 20/20 generally provides copies of the videos they air to the public upon payment, this one was taken out of the main stream. Why? Same answer as why the media refuse to tell the truth about this class and the false charges and allegations they suffer, even when the media is present during the busts. In this 20/20 piece nothing unusual was involved in the busts, EXCEPT they had an undercover vet with camera that PRIOVED the civil rights discrimination and assault by government power, and someone was involved who was honorable and had professional clout. But not enough to provide the video to the public as they do all their other shows.
Sounds a bit like what blacks used to suffer because IT IS the very same discrimination. Lies and wholesale defamation used to incite the public, false arrests and imprisonments, deprivation of property, denial of due process and equal protection of the law, and wholesale media complicity.
Were the blacks hideous as the media used to present? No. Neither are the people who HAVE to hide to protect animals in their care because they will be attacked and their animals slaughtered if exposed. The people who are attacked are not rich, and generally give everything they have to help the animals in their custody. They should be assisted, not assaulted.
They used to be called sanctuaries, but of course that label will not do because it instills positive emotions not hatred and general animus for the class (just as the label "blacks" conjures different emotions than the label "niggers". That is hideously wrong, but an historical fact.).
Hoarders are not a class you say? Before the civil rights movement, blacks weren't identified as a class either, and they had to fight for that constitutional protection. The similarities to the two movements to oppress are very apparent to all who wish to discern the truth. Try to get a hold of the 20/20 piece, and if you can't get it, find out why. Society owes the victims that much truth before anyone says anything else about "hoarders".
Another Victim of the Assault.

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