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Daughter of Accused Cat Hoarder says Her Mom Desperately Needs Help
COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- The daughter of an accused cat hoarder is trying to sort out her mom's latest legal troubles but says she's in desperate need of treatment.
April McCabe traveled from Minnesota to be with her mom after Barbara Beavans was removed from her cluttered South 4th Street home along with 13 cats last week.
McCabe says Beavans just got off probation from a 2010 case where 32 cats were seized.
She says Beavans is in denial about being a cat hoarder.
"She doesn't realize that she's not doing a service she thinks she's doing a service to save the animals and she's really not," said McCabe.
McCabe says she's called several agencies for help including one that told her animal hoarding wasn't a mental illness.
A counselor with Directions Counseling in Columbus says animal hoarding is a sub-type of hoarding disorder and can be treated.
McCabe says her mom was deemed competent at Grant Hospital but is too weak to go to her scheduled arraignment tomorrow.