Fullerton woman highlighted in A&E’s ‘Hoarders’

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 31, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

FULLERTON – A Fullerton woman with more than 30 cats and a house crammed with items pulled from Dumpsters was the subject of AE’s season finale of “Hoarders” Monday night.

“Hoarders,” is a popular cable reality series that airs on Monday nights. Each episode in the series features two people whose inability to toss anything away is pushing them to the brink of crisis.

The Fullerton woman, Lisa, is referred to in the show only by her first name. Lisa lives in a home owned by her father, who said in the episode that he will evict her if necessary to get the house cleaned up.

Although Lisa agreed to be on the show and initially appears to want help, she ends up refusing to let the crew into her house to throw out her stuff.

The entire episode is available online.

AE’s website also features a digital tour of Lisa’s cluttered yard.

Lisa’s story is dramatic, but is overshadowed in the episode by the shock value of a Llano, Calif. hoarder, Glen, who has 2,500 pet rats.

OC Animal Care Director Ryan Drabek said the agency is in touch with Lisa, and is working with her to try and get her to voluntarily reduce the number of animals in her home. The standard limit for pets in Orange County without a permit is three dogs or three cats per household, Drabek said.

Animal Care workers believe they can find places for all the cats without sending any of them to the shelter, but Lisa temporarily removed the cats from her home on the filming days.

The agency tries to handle these cases sensitively, and its primary concern is always for the animals’ welfare, Drabek said.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3719 jterrell@ocregister.com

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