"This is the first case of seizure-accumulation of Brazos County," says Judy LeUnes, of Brazos animal shelter.
Even if this is the first--took one too many. A woman Brazos County, happily, live with more than 60 cats--two dogs and many other exotic animals--all under one roof. Dr. Fran Kimbrough, Bryan, says psychologist hoarding animals is a serious issue which is rooted well beyond the four walls.
"People who hoard animals generally have a deep love for animals and there are so many animals out there who are abandoned and feel like they can take care of them all," Kimbrough says. Then in the end, just spins out of control and become very overwhelming.
Is a disorder that involves a complex health issue, yet intricate Community--and something that Kimbrough says it is not easy to treat.
"This is a serious disease--it's hard to see improvement real quick when you're trying to clean up things so that it is not a problem of quick fix."
Kimbrough says accumulation of animals is more than just a misguided attempt to rescue animals. Going to say that the effects are profound and include not only animal welfare, but also mental health.
"Especially with animals, they give you back love and a lot of times people who do this have had a loss in their lives and want to fill this loss," Kimbrough says. "You feel out of control in some way and this is a way to feel in control, shall take care of things and you know, what is strange is what you want to check, go to control you."
Doctors say seeking help is the first step--in collaboration with continuing support from family and friends.
If you know someone suffering from this disorder, you can always contact your local authorities or seek the help of a therapist. You will find contact information for Dr. Fran Kimbrough below.
Dr. Fran Kimbrough
403 South Houston Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803-7029
Brazos animal shelter
2207 Finfeather Road
Bryan, TX 77801