JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigating animal hoarding cases is keeping officials with Animal Care and Protective Services in Duval County busy.
The reason for the increase is the change in the county's animal control ordinance, said Scott Trebatoski, the division chief with animal care.
They no longer have to wait for the situation to escalate to an animal cruelty case before investigating, he said.
In the last three months, since the change went into effect, Trebatoski said an extra 300 animals have been brought into the shelter, because of animal hoarding.
"In some ways (it's) a real burden on the shelter, because we're used to them coming in 75 to 100 a day and then all of sudden when you get 100 more in one day, it kind of throws everything off," he explained.
Right now, the adoption center is experiencing an uptick in the number of cats and dogs.
Learn more about how you can adopt one of the pets or report an animal hoarding case.
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