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Haunted House for Dogs and Cats

By Lisa Wogan, October 2008, Updated June 2021

Just in time for Halloween, comes the horror story of an animal hoarder in California named Barbara Ryan. Let's just hope authorities can put an end to Ryan's systematic and repeated acts of cruelty and that they steer clear of the shelter that allegedly returned some victimized animals to the hoarder's care after an earlier raid. Dogs and cats have no choice but to depend on us; sometimes it's a very unlucky bargain for them.


Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of several books including Dog Park Wisdom.