Story County works to ban animal hoarding

Story County residents could be banned from hoarding animals. The Board of Supervisors gave initial approval to a new ordinance banning the practice on Tuesday. It bans the housing of animals in unclean conditions that puts their health in jeopardy. It further defines hoarding as the failure to dispose of dead animals and the lack of proper nutrition, sanitation, shelter and care for pets.  The ordinance also gives judges three penalty options or a cobmination for offenders--banning the offender from having an animal for the length of their sentence; order the offender to surrender their animal to the county shelter; and instructing the offender to go through a mental health evaluation and follow through with any treatment.