Can police stop a hoarding husband?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I got troubles! My husband is now retired, and he is hoarding things in our yard, home and garage! He “patrols” alleys and garbage dumpsters and just about everything he finds comes home with him. Is there any way that I can get him to stop and remove this stuff?

A: Sorry, there is no legal way to make a competent adult change his or her behavior. If your husband wants to hoard, he can hoard. Alternately, you can consult a variety of resources, perhaps a psychologist or other family members. The City Code Inspector may help with City Ordinance violations or the La Porte County Health Department if your home is in such shape to be a health concern. It is never easy to compel men to get rid of their “stuff.”

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