Kenneth Epstein, the Las Vegas hoarder arrested for stockpiling possessions in his home, including dead cats, may finally get the help he needs
Kenneth Epstein was charged with a number of misdemeanor counts including failure to register a pistol, public nuisance, unjustifiable injury to animals, failure to have a cat fancier’s license, and violations of the city’s fire code.
Epstein’s home was filled with so much junk that he actually slept outside. He allegedly went in and out of his home through a window because of the wall to wall and floor to ceiling junk that was in the home.
Last Monday, crews began cleaning out his home because it posed to safety hazard.
More than 41 tons of items have been removed from the home including 15 dead cats.
The house is in such bad shape that an additional warrant was issued so that the cleanup crews can remove all of the contaminated drywall, insulation, electrical outlet boxes and all flooring windows and window frames. The entire place will have to be tempted and fumigated.
Officials had been deciding whether or not to arrest Epstein because it seems obvious that he needs help.
Police had even said that they expected to be at his home again in the future. The reason for that statement is because most hoarders, even after receiving professional help, find it very difficult, if not impossible, to change their ways.
With Epstein in custody, he will receive a psychiatric evaluation which should be the first step in getting him to help that he needs.
Some studies have shown that hoarders have a different brain then non-hoarders. The compulsion is very, very difficult to treat.
The compulsion can begin, or get worse and progress, in the event of a live changing event. In Epstein’s case, his mother died.
Hopefully Epstein’s case will be one of he success stories.