I'm new to the group and desperate. My mom has been a hoarder for at least30 years. Long story but her hoarding as caused us so many fights that we've gone several years at a time without speaking. I live about 300 miles from her and no one has been allowed in the home for over 20 years. She hoards animals, thrift store purchases, books, material, paper I mean you name it.....She has sewer blockage so flushing a toilet would back sewage into the basement. Therefore she hasn't really run water in over 5 yrs. Pipes leaking and urine, waste has rotted several areas of the floor. There is no longer any electricity to the home. The main panel is fried and from everyone I spoken to the house is probably going to be condemned if the authorities ever see this place.
She will freeze to death if she tries to stay a winter there. She's working on trying to get rid of about 50 Chinchillas and 25 Rabbits. She's is a retired widow and has very limited income. She won't let me or my sister see the house or help her try to clean it out. I don't know what to do. I get so frustrated I have thought about calling the authorities myself, but I fear it's so bad she will be on the news and possibly face animal cruelty charges. I'm so frustrated and worried I don't know where to begin. Advice??