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Las Vegas hoarder takes plea deal

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A man charged with hoarding at his Las Vegas home has agreed to a plea deal which includes a substantial bill for clean up.

Kenneth Epstein, 55, will not have to serve jail time. In exchange, he must seek professional counseling, may not own any animals, is barred from rummaging through his neighbors' trash and must submit to monthly checks at his home.

Epstein will also be billed $95,553.08 to cover expenses for the city's clean up of his home.

Epstein was taken into police custody on Oct. 12 on multiple misdemeanor charges related to apparent hoarding at his home.

According to the court, Epstein's charges included failure to register a pistol, two counts of public nuisance, one count of unjustifiable injury to animals, one count of failure to have a cat fancier's license and one count of violation of the city's fire code.

Epstein's home was the focus of a large clean up effort on Oct. 8. City officials said 41 tons of items were removed from the home, including 55 cats. Of the cats, 40 were alive while 15 were dead, officials said.

Epstein's family said he had been living in the patio area of the home once it was classified as a health hazard.

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