So when a house call moves licensed psychologist Dr. Becky Beaton to tears on the show's upcoming season premiere, rest assured it's because she's walked in to a particularly unpleasant situation.
In an exclusive sneak peek from the episode that TLC shared with us, Dr. Becky takes a tour of a home filled with heartbreaking scenes -- along with electrical wiring, feces, mold and much more.
"It is not a place fit for children," Dr. Becky says as she peruses the problem.
That's particularly bad since Karen, the subject of the episode, has two children, and she's at risk of losing custody of them if she doesn't take care of the mess.
"She's neglected their basic needs and put them in physical danger," the expert notes.
But the kids weren't the only ones suffering due to the state of things. While making her way past the dangerous debris, Dr. Becky finds the nearly hairless and obviously neglected family dog.
"This poor dog -- it just breaks my heart," she says with tears in her eyes. "I can't take that poor dog. That they're taking care of the dog like this ... That is wrong. You can't do this to living beings!"
Find out the fate of the family
and the family dog when "Hoarding: Buried Alive" premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on TLC.
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