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8/14/07-Big Sandy

Doctor: Women Most Likely Suffered From Mental Illness

A KLTV 7 exclusive in an unbelievable case of animal cruelty.  Nearly 100 animals found dead inside coolers and plastic bags inside an East Texas home.

It's a phenomenon known as "animal hoarding."

Tuesday, Lisa Lide, 49, and Vickie Gail Greenlee, 50, both of Big Sandy, are behind bars. Each have been charged with a state felony of animal cruelty. 

The case has raised many questions about how anyone could live in such conditions. And the images are disturbing - dead mice and wall to wall fecal matter inside an East Texas trailer home. 

"Sickening, I couldn't believe it.  I mean, this is not something that happens in Big Sandy at all, so it's pretty shocking to everybody," said Tammy Kissinger, who works as a cashier at a nearby grocery store.

The outcome is even worse.  Nearly 100 animals, cats and dogs, found dead inside, stuffed in coolers and plastic bags

"There are some things that cross the line and I think this crosses the line.  It's evil," said Jim Bald, who works in Big Sandy.

It's the talk of the town, everyone wondering how anyone could do such a thing, let alone live in the home.

"Were the people in their right mind?  Were they insane? That's sad, you know, that's kind of sickening. I wouldn't stay in a house with a bunch of animals like that," said Tarnell Riley, who is from Big Sandy.

"Animal hoarding" can be a symptom of mental illness.

"Often some of these individuals have long standing anxiety that leads to depression," said Dr. Shawn Safarimaryaki.

He said "animal hoarding" can be a sign of obsessive compulsive disorder or manic depression.

"They love these animals, and they're really dedicated but ... they lose their insight and judgment as to how far they can go to care for some of these animals," he said.

Only nine dogs out of the nearly 100 animals were found alive. They're now at the Humane Society in Longview. 

"We see hoarding conditions like this a lot more often than most people realize.  It's sad to think that people are trying to do the right thing by saving some animals, but they seem to accumulate them and get over their heads," said Executive Director Roxanne Hutson.

It's hard to imagine, looking at the images, that a person could believe they are loving the animals.  But just like the nine little dogs, doctors said, the two East Texas women are in need of help too.

An interesting thing to note:  The Humane Society told KLTV 7 one of the women charged actually called last Friday, after the dogs were taken away, asking "how her babies were doing."

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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