Troubling cases of animal hoarding in Kern County raise questions about who ends up collecting large numbers of animals, and why. There are patterns experts say, and those are reflected in local cases.
Accused of animal cruelty, Cynthia Gudger was finally arrested last October. That was months after her home near Tehachapi was raided, and nearly 50 animals found in what officials called filthy conditions.
In November, eleven horses were rescued from a home in Twin Oaks. Animal control officers said they were badly malnourished, and the owner couldn't take care of them.
In 2003, a Bakersfield apartment was raided, and about 30 cats were found inside. That was Debbie Bracamonte's apartment. She started out with two cats, then took in a neighbor's cat that turned out to be pregnant...." More & video By Carol Ferguson, Eyewitness News