Officials called it one of the worst hoarding cases in Las Vegas history. The owner, 55 year old Kenneth Epstein, was taken into custody Friday after refusing to leave his home in Sun City Summerlin.
He is being charged with failure to register a pistol, public nuisance, failure to have a cat fancier's license, and one count of violating city fire code.
40 living cats were found in the home, and 15 dead ones were found.
"I used to see him walking to the store and back so I don't know how he could feed that many animals," said neighbor Judy Fields. "There were dozens of them."
Crews have removed over 40 tons of junk from the home. The house needs to be fumigated because it is infested with rodents and insects.
After the fumigation this weekend crews will go back inside and begin the final stages of cleanup. They'll be tearing out contaminated material which includes flooring, insulation, and dry wall.
Epstein is being evaluated by a psychiatrist. Neighbors say they hope he get the help he needs.
"He has done this before it's a thing that has been repetition with him," said Fields. "I'm sure that he'll get some help now. We certainly hope so."