70 dogs removed from a man with Diogenes syndrome


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A 70-year-old man living alone, surrounded by 70 dogs, 50 sheep and a few chickens. At the beginning of the week of June 13, 2022, the gendarmes of the Ressons-sur-Matz and Lassigny brigade went to the home of a resident of the village of Orvillers-Sorel, between Montdidier and Noyon, suffering from the syndrome of Diogenes.

This visit followed a check carried out by the departmental directorate for the protection of the person (DDPP). Originally, the investigators came about the sheep, reported in numbers. Animals that can be seen and smelled from the road.

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When the police arrived, they discovered, in addition to the sheep, a number of dogs, living inside and outside the house. Buckets of excrement and bottles of urine add to this degraded environment. People affected, like him, by Diogenes syndrome, neglect their personal and domestic hygiene and accumulate heterogeneous objects.

Three dog handlers in action

Bags of kibble were found in the house. ”
The animals were more or less well fed compared to the quantity present in the house, recalls David Dorigny, major and commander of the Ressons-sur-Matz brigade. The most worrying thing was their aggressiveness, linked to the pack effect. They were on their own. They reproduced among themselves. There were risks of inbreeding.
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It took the intervention of three dog handlers over half a day to capture them all and socialize them.

The man, born in the village of Orvillers-Sorel, lived alone for a long time, in the woods, surrounded by his animals, before returning to civilization and living in the family home, after the death of his mother. The man is well known to his neighbours, who complain of odor nuisance and accumulations in the garden. He was hospitalized once.

The gendarmes of the Ressons-sur-Matz and Lassigny brigade went to the home of a resident of the village of Orvillers-Sorel, in Ressonois, suffering from Diogenes syndrome.
The gendarmes of the Ressons-sur-Matz and Lassigny brigade went to the home of a resident of the village of Orvillers-Sorel, in Ressonois, suffering from Diogenes syndrome. – Photo Courrier picard

On this occasion, the mayor of the town, Francis Cormier, tried to reach out to him. ”
We helped him get the RSA and registered him at the solidarity grocery store. His care is complicated because he does not want to see anyone. We try to tell him it’s for his own good.
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In the town, the news of the withdrawal of the animals quickly made the rounds. One of the villagers remembers seeing him just last Thursday: ”
He was going to buy kibble for his animals. They are not abused, I can attest to that. His sheep are very beautiful.
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Placed at the SPA

About these sheep, the man was placed under the supervision of the DDPP. In the following weeks, he must comply and declare himself as a breeder with the Oise Chamber of Agriculture. He must ring and have his sheep vaccinated.

The gendarmes of the Ressons-sur-Matz and Lassigny brigade went to the home of a resident of the village of Orvillers-Sorel, in Ressonois, suffering from Diogenes syndrome.
The gendarmes of the Ressons-sur-Matz and Lassigny brigade went to the home of a resident of the village of Orvillers-Sorel, in Ressonois, suffering from Diogenes syndrome. – Photo Courrier picard

Regarding the other part of Noah’s Ark, the thirty puppies and forty dogs were placed in three shelters of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA), in three different departments. The Compiègne refuge inherited about twenty dogs, all adoptable. Their presentation sheets recall their complicated past in unsanitary housing: “
Mimosa, griffon spaniel cross, is looking for a patient family ready to invest in his education (loneliness, cleanliness, walking on a leash, reminder, etc.)
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The old man kept with him six dogs, the oldest. “
He will thus be able to take better care of those who remain.

“, hopes the major of the gendarmerie brigade of Ressons-sur-Matz. In front of his wooden door, we found the door closed. According to the mayor, the man had left, by car, probably looking for grass for his animals as he is used to. ”
This control, it was for his good, for that of the neighbors and my village
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