via press release:
CONFESSIONS: ANIMAL HOARDING
Premieres Wednesday, July 21 at 9 PM ET
CONFESSIONS: ANIMAL HOARDING is a new docu-reality series that takes an unflinching, honest look at animal hoarding, the people and pets affected, and the challenges of confronting this psychological condition. Animal hoarding is defined as the compulsive need to possess and control animals and often involves the acquisition of a high and unmanageable number of animals.
Not yet formally recognized as a distinct psychological disorder, Animal hoarding in most cases goes unaddressed until it becomes a crime...until now. Each episode delves into the hearts and minds of individuals who hoard a variety of species (cats, dogs, birds, farm animals, fish, etc.); the series also provides an opportunity for family members and friends to help their loved ones and prevent them from spinning further out of control. Having no previous established protocol, the series coordinates task-force interventions by psychologists, animal welfare experts, veterinarians, friends and families to help individuals recognize the root of their issues and take healthy steps to address their animal hoarding.