Confessions: Animal Hoarding premiered on ANI on July 21, 2010. Down the street from you, someone with 23 dogs has "rescued" one more. Across the country, a young couple shares their home with 50 felines - foregoing their three bedrooms to the cats while they sleep on the living room couch. Around the corner, a woman's home is shelter for 28 cats and dogs, a horse, a raccoon, a pig and pond full of fish. These cases and more than 3,500 others reported each year are examples of a condition called animal hoarding. Animal Hoarding is the compulsive need to possess and control animals and often involves someone acquiring a high and unmanageable number of animals. It's unhealthy and deeply unfortunate for the hoarders, their family members and the reported 250,000 pets hoarded annually. Animal hoarding is a serious and growing problem, and it affects every community in America. In many cases, it goes unrecognized until it becomes a crime - until now. This series marks the first time animal hoarding is explored as a complex human condition that affects both the animals and the people involved.