As usual with hoarders, a traumatic experience caused his hoarding.
He had a pit bull named Lucy that he loved and was his best friend. A year after rescuing her from someone that was about to shoot her, she got hit by a car and died. He said he holed up for 6 months after that. He started collecting pit bulls after that. He says he loves the greeting he gets from them.
He's actually not TOO bad compared to some hoarders (like the other hoarder featured has 84 cats) -- he's only got 13 ... but he isn't a kennel and he doesn't have the financial means to take care of him and his daughter let alone the dogs.
Not because he doesn't love his daughter, but because he's suffering from a mental disorder. Hoarding = mental issues.
Overall, I think it was an okay episode. There weren't any negative comments that perpetuated pit bull stereotypes but they didn't exactly touch on anything positive, either. They had a quick blurb about pit bulls being hard to place and that was it.
I expected it to be bad for the breed but nothing really was said negative about the dogs. When they said they didnt like him having the dogs it was because of the number of dogs he had and the time he spent on them. It was never about them being bad dogs or dangerous and they never really said they thought the 2yr old daughter was in danger from the dogs.
13. I thought they said 18. Bah. Either way,he ended up giving them to good homes.
They all had great temperaments.
I too was in the same boat as you,wondering what this show would do to the breed,the commercials looked negative. But in all truths,it didn't portray the dogs in a bad light at all. It did show them fight a few times. But that was about it.
The grandparents were concerned cause he was ignoring his toddler,and only focusing on "saving" these dogs.
my daughter caught the episode and told me a lil about it...i really want to see it for myself...i saw the previews and thought the guy only had like 4 or 5 dogs...then she told me the real deal...gotta see it for myself before i make a judgement on it
I agree with the statement that hoarding is a mental illness.
One huge positive note was the condition of the dogs. They looked in great shape, and the ones that were shown seemed to have good temperments. Even the folks from the HS said he had done a "great job" in rehabiliting them.
So, hated watching it, but I did. And at least they didn't slam the breed. the haters don't need anymore fuel for their fire.