LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County Animal Services says they're aggressively going after people who hoard and abuse animals.
The news coming after two additional cases of animal abuse were found in a farm and North Fort Myers home.
Animal control attributes a majority of the cases to mental illness including hoarding. Women between the ages of 50 and 59 make up the largest number of arrests.
Mental health experts have also found a link between animal hoarders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Animal control does offer a variety of services for struggling pet owners.
They include a pet pantry, taking animals in no questions asked and even getting people in-touch with mental health experts to treat hoarding.