"someone who accumulates a large number of animals; fails to provide minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation and veterinary care; and fails to act on the deteriorating condition of the animals (including disease, starvation and even death) or the environment (severely overcrowded and unsanitary conditions), or the negative impact of the collection on their own health and well-being."

Prosecutors say neighbors complained for years about the situation at McDonald's home before one of the dogs got loose and attacked a visitor, prompting the filing of criminal charges and the confiscation of the animals.  Our colleagues at KTLA explain: