Reprimand Couple for Hoarding and Abusing Cats

Target: Debra Elaine Goulding and William Joseph Goulding

Goal: Reprimand couple for hoarding, abusing, and neglecting more than 25 cats under hideous conditions.

A couple in Mytrle Beach, South Carolina carried out a heartless act of animal cruelty by hoarding over two dozen cats and kittens in their cramped mobile home. After reports from neighbors of cats living in what seemed to be an abandoned home, police officers responded immediately only to uncover a harrowing scene.

More than 25 cats, emaciated, neglected and feral were living in the Goulding’s mobile home, while the couple resided in a separate room closed off from access by the cats. Among the sick cats were a bundle of kittens who were lethargic and suffering from severe eye infections. As many as two cats were found dead on the premises: one smashed underneath the foot of a couch and another that appeared to be trapped in a reclining chair for weeks.

Officers recalled ‘an extremely pungent odor’ and mounting feces in the home. And, while they captured a large portion of the cats during their first visit, it is reported that there are many, many more felines living behind the wall panels of the mobile home. What’s worse is that 14 of the cats who were rushed to a nearby humane society were so sick and feeble they had no choice but to euthanize them.

It is unclear how long the Goulding couple had been hoarding and neglecting these cats and kittens, but their obvious apathy shows that they should never be allowed to own animals ever again. By signing this petition, you’ll tell the Gouldings that their actions are completely unforgivable, and stand up for justice to be served accordingly.


Dear Debra Goulding & William Goulding,

Your recent act of animal cruelty deserves more admonishment than a fine or short jail sentence could ever provide. As pet owners you, without question, take responsibility for the lives of the animals that are in your care. Just because you two provide a home for these cats to dwell in doesn’t mean you’re good owners. Animals deserve the same attention and care that we, as human beings, are entitled to. Hoarding these cats as though they were simply objects to ‘collect’ is inexcusable, and because of your selfishness 14 of them had to have their lives cut short.

I hope that the court system of South Carolina dishes out a fair punishment to you both, and that you are banned from ever being able to own pets for as long as you both shall live.


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  1. Tamara Heikalo says:

    I am skeptical of petition letters that are written directly to offenders. These letters should be directed at those who can effect adequate redress.

  2. Barbara Smolinski says:

    What apair of idiot’s. They deserve each other. Put them in a jail cell together with no heat, food or toilet and let them live that way for a month. Just water to keep them alive in their misery!!!!!

  3. you both deserve to be tortured and I hope that you will rot in hell SOON!

  4. Debra & William Goulding – how does it fell to know that millions of people around the world know what pathetic, cruel cretins you are. You’re an embarrassment to humanity & we hope you suffer under the full extent of the law.

  5. sheila squires says:

    there is truly something wrong in your head.

  6. Nicole Krimm says:

    You are both disgusting human beings (if you can even be called human)and I agree you should be locked up in exactly the same conditions as you have subjected those poor animals to.

  7. Dr Sol Myers says:

    You Gouldings are useless pieces of garbage, who do not deserve to exist. Given half a chance, I would be delighted to “put you out of your misery”, the old fashioned way! It would be worth a trip to S. Carolina, just to rid the planet of you two inhuman half-wits. I have a vacation coming up. Watch for me, and I won’t be alone.

  8. Karin Lindberg says:

    Those disgusting couple should be punished with jail for this crime – reprimand is much to less!! Put them in jail and through away the key as far as I concern!

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