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Paris Hilton: Hoarder, Abusive, or Just Stupid?

Updated on April 16, 2009

At one point, she called herself an animal-rights activist, insisting that she would never wear fur and had stopped eating meat, surviving on "pasta and stuff."

But now there are all these stories of her abandoning her cat, hoarding dogs, and locking puppies in closets. What's going on, Paris? Ten dogs didn't do it for ya? You just had to have seventeen?

And despite her blunder of admitting to having seventeen dogs on Ellen Degeneres' talk show (in Los Angeles, it is illegal to have more than three unless you are a licensed breeder), Paris plugs on in her constant struggle for... more animals?

Who is selling this woman her dogs?? Who told her it would be a good idea to smuggle a monkey from Las Vegas to L.A. to be her pet? Who allowed her to ship a baby kangaroo back to the States, only to have it returned to Australia when Hilton learned that it would "get aggressive"?

So what's the deal? Is Paris Hilton an animal hoarder? Is she intentionally abusing these animals? Or is she just plain stupid?

First of All

I think we can rule out intentional abuse first off. People who abuse animals do so because they feel powerless, just like people who abuse children. I don't think that Paris Hilton feels powerless (though I do think that her psychology has a lot to do with her relationship to her animals, but more on that later).

So let's assume that Paris is not deliberately aquiring animals with the intentions of starving, abandoning, or otherwise providing inadequate care for them.

Paris Lies to Ellen

Paris sounds both stupid and like a hoarder on Ellen Degeneres' talk show. She allows her dogs to have puppies because she's too stupid to spay or neuter them, but then she keeps all the puppies because she thinks giving them away would be too "sad."

Is She an Animal Hoarder?

An animal hoarder is a person who has more animals than they can care for and at the same time denies this fact.

Sure, Paris Hilton has the money to throw at these animals to get them proper veterinary care and pay people to take care of them, but at the same time she's locking them in closets, and they're dying.

Hoarders notoriously care immensely about their animals but are blind to the fact that they provide inadequate care. And hoarding behavior is usually indicative of some underlying psychological problem, be it Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, addiction, or delusion.

Paris has allegedly gotten a new puppy because of his cuteness, then put him in the closet because she didn't want him to "make a mess" when she went out. She then forgot about him, and her employees found him dead weeks later when they were cleaning.

Maybe she's addicted to the instant unconditional love that a puppy gives. Or maybe she's just stupid.

Slideshow of Paris Hilton's Pets

Is She Stupid?

I think most people would say that, yes, Paris Hilton is stupid. Then again, is she a marketing genius with all the publicity she creates for herself? I mean, she is famous for doing absolutely nothing.

So is she oblivious to the care that an animal needs, and that's why these animals are being abused? She seems to have forgotten her cat at the vet after it was neutered, and she forgot the puppy that she left in the closet. It doesn't sound so bad until the puppy dies.

Maybe she's not stupid; maybe she just has no concept of responsibility.

Unfortunately, she has a great influence over many people, especially impressionable young people. Hopefully most of them will be smart enough not to follow in her footsteps by thinking that pets are merely accessories to be discarded when you're bored of them.

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My Thoughts

Neuter your pets, everyone, lest their offspring come into the hands of this dumb hoarder.

Personally, I'm a little outraged at most of Hollywood's behavior these days, but the fact that Paris Hilton is so blatantly abandoning her animals is pretty upsetting.

I'm willing to bet that she's a little bit hoarder, a little bit stupid, a little bit just plain irresponsible. But come on. Can't she just hire someone to manage the zoo she has collected? She buys these exotic pets (like her Kinkajou, Baby Luv) with no regard to their intensive care schedule. So just hire someone to care for them!

It's not like she doesn't have the cash.


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      libby101a 7 years ago from KY

      I believe it's stupidity! Just because she is famous doesn't mean she isn't stupid! Her father made her famous! She had people who market her! All she has to do is look pretty! She needs help!

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      shannon97 7 years ago

      this girl needs to straighten up and take care of her animals they're alive seeing smelling and they hav a thought process too. there mans best friend and they diserved to be treated like mans bestfriend. i think that animal cops needs to limit her to one dog if she can take care of that one dog she can have another one but any slip ups with the two of them she goes back to one and gradually increase it to three and just keep her on a tight leash. I mean these dogs lives are like ticking time bombs! i love my lil tea cup poodle maggie to death i couldn't imagine her gettin scarffed up by coyotes, i dont let maggie go outside by herself ever cuz of hawks and coyotes. the dogs being eaten just shows that paris doesn't love her dogs enough to keep them alive!

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      I just hope she doesn't choose to (or accidentally) have children... Thanks for the comment, Bard!

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I wonder how she truly felt when she found out that the puppy had died? Cats and dogs are like children but would she leave a child in a closet and forget about it?

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      Unfortunately, I bet her treatment of animals is indicative of a LOT of underlying issues. I am glad that I don't have to deal with her in my life at all other than the news! Thanks for commenting, kerryg! :)

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      kerryg 9 years ago from USA

      My vote is for "stupid", and, as you suggested above, completely lacking in any sense of personal responsibility. I suppose it's better than falling into the hands of an actively abusive owner, but passive neglect is nearly as bad, and I hope for her animals' sake that she figures out that you can't collect living creatures like you do shoes. Based on these stories (and others), I am pretty sure she sees them as pretty much the same thing.

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks, desert blondie. The more I learn about her, the more infuriating she becomes so I now try avoid anything reading anything with her name anywhere near it. The animal welfare authorities have their eyes on her, so hopefully they can eventually fix that one little issue of hers.

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Wow! Where have I been?? Never heard about Paris Hilton having so many dogs!!! Maybe that's a good thing, that I don't know about the details of Paris Hilton. BUT, how sad for these animals. GOOD HUB!

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      Trakker, sometimes I don't know the chandelier she's in is plugged in at all. ;)

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      trakker14 9 years ago from franklin

      This is a great hub, she isn't the brightest bulb in the chandelier..lets face it.

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      stephhicks -- Thanks! Doing research on her has made me cringe, though. The rest of today's hubs will be on all the OTHER Parises of the world, for sure. :)

      Whitney -- It's fine that you missed the links; I often do, too. I have a feeling that most of what she does in just her everyday life is out of ignorance.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Helena, I didn't check out the links. Oops. Guess I should have... :-\ I don't think she necessarily supports puppy mmills; I think that was out of ignorance as you've mentioned.

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Helena, both of your Paris hubs are great. Like we needed any more reason to think... well, you know.

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      She actually DOES let them run loose in the streets, though. In one of the links I provided, her neighbors constantly complain that her dogs are scratching at their doors and running around the street.

      But at least she's not trying to sell the puppies or whatever. But she supports puppy mills!

      I think a lot of it has to do with ignorance. Thanks for weighing in, by the way.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Definitely. I wouldn't go with abusive. I would definitely say she has a case of dog hoarding. In a way, she's at least keeping dogs versus them running the streets. She may not be responsible in spaying and nuetering, or at least neutering, but she's keeping the dogs versus letting them run loose.

      But, soon she'll have an inbreeding problem.

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      Do you think she has a touch of hoarder tendencies in there, too, Whitney?

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      I'm willing to bet "no concept of responsibility" is the cause... Yes, she's not he brightest celeb in the world, but I think it's the lack of responsibility that's her real problem.