Friday, November 12, 2010

New Hoarding Task Force aims to curb cases in Southwest Florida

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Hoarding is a problem experts say is on the rise in our area. There have been several high profile cases in Southwest Florida over the past few months. Now, agencies here are joining forces to help people who struggle with collecting too much.

There's still a lot of mystery surrounding hoarding, but after a spike in cases, Lee County is launching a brand-new task force to tackle the growing problem.

"This is very frightening, it's insidious, and it's chronic," Stacey Cook-Hawk of Lee Mental Health said.

Filth stacked to the ceiling, animals overcrowding homes, and wall-to-wall clutter. In one case, a woman kept her dead mother inside the home for a year. All these pictures come from Lee County cases of hoarding..." More & video

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