Shocking Preview: House Full o’ Rats on A&E’s ‘Hoarders’

by | January 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM | TV News

Hoarders (A&E)

Hoarders (A&E)

Regular viewers of A&E’s “Hoarders” might think they’ve seen everything, but next week’s episode proves otherwise. Get ready to meet Glen, hoarder of live rats.

Yes, hundreds – if not thousands – of rats live in the home of this lonely California man who treats the rodents like house pets, but nevertheless acknowledges that they have overtaken and destroyed his house. The story of Glen and his rats will be told next Monday night at 10/9c in what is possibly the most astounding episode of “Hoarders” yet – and that’s saying a lot. The episode marks the end of the show’s remarkable third season.

Ready to be shocked? Then click on these preview clips and see for yourself what a house overrun with rats looks like. It’s not the usual episode of “Hoarders,” which most of the time shows its disturbed subjects living amid great piles of trash in their houses and yards. They’re usually threatened with eviction or condemnation, which is why they bring in the “Hoarders” team to help them clean out the mess and save their homes.

The hoarding of live animals, in addition to the usual mountains of refuse, is a subject that’s been covered occasionally on “Hoarders.” Some subjects live with dozens of cats, for example, some of which are found deceased, flattened and mummified under the refuse mounds.

And this past Monday, “Hoarders” told the shocking stories of one couple living in a house overrun with rabbits, and another woman who filled her trailer-home with live chickens. (Animal Planet has an entire series devoted to animal hoarding: “Confessions: Animal Hoarding,” returning for its new season Jan. 14.)

But the rabbit and chicken hoarders have nothing on Glen the rat man of Llano, Calif. See for yourself – after watching these clips, you can’t help but wonder: How will “Hoarders” ever top this?