Man in Las Vegas hoarding case taken into custody

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Updated: 10/15/2012 7:37 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man at the center of what Las Vegas officials are calling the worst case of hoarding they've ever seen has been taken into custody.

City officials say Friday that Kenneth Epstein is being charged with several misdemeanors, including public nuisance, unjustifiable injury to animals, and failure to have a cat fancier's license.

Authorities say family members were concerned because Epstein had been living outside his duplex since crews with a court-issued abatement warrant began cleaning out his house last week. He's expected to have a psychiatric evaluation within 72 hours.

Officials say materials were stacked from floor to ceiling so tightly that Epstein wouldn't have room to walk upright in the house.

Crews have removed about 41 tons of stuff, including 15 dead cats and 40 live ones.


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