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    Hundreds of large, feral rats found in New Mexico 'hoarders' house

    Hundreds of large, feral rats found in New Mexico 'hoarders' house


    CITY animal control officers have started removing hundreds of large, feral rats from inside a Las Cruces, New Mexico, rental home.

    Animal shelter director Beth Vesco-Mock said the rats - some sickly and displaying evidence of fighting - are about the size of a four- to five-month-old kitten.

    "They're probably as big as a 4-to-5-month kitten," said Ms Vesco-Mock. "They're much larger than I had anticipated

    Animal control officers had taken two skinny dogs and about 170 rats to the shelter by mid-yesterday, and officers estimated there were at least that many rats still hiding in the Las Cruces home.

    Authorities have charged 55-year-old Debbie Martin with three misdemeanours for excessive waste, improper care and maintenance of animals and dead animal removal. Each of the charges carry a maximum fine of $US500 ($600) or 90 days in jail.


    Martin did not appear to be homebound, officers said.

    She "obviously let it get out of control", Vesco-Mock said. "They had free reign of the home and she was just throwing food out for them ... there's evidence that they had been fighting with each other.

    According to city animal control officer Ernest Jimenez. Officers also found the fur and skeletal remains of two dogs that were presumed to have been eaten by the rats.

    The city learned about the problem when Martin called for an ambulance Monday and emergency personnel had to extract her through a window. "I have no idea what I was getting into," said Jimenez, who'd never handled a rat-hoarding case in his 14 years in animal control. "Never, and I hope to never see it again."

    "The smell was overwhelming," said Jimenez, who did not see any human food in the home. "She did have some rat food, but they've got access to everything.

    They're eating cardboard, paper, stuffing out of the couches, I mean everything ... you could see little bite marks on all the (bed) coverings."
    Read more at Las Cruces Sun-News





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    Anyone who is interested in taking one or two of the rats - as pets or for reptile food - is asked to call the shelter at (575) 382-0018 or visit at 3551 Bataan Memorial West.

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    I really don't like rats. They always freak me out for some reason. I could never understand why someone would want one for a pet. No one could ever convince me they are cute!

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    Send 'em to Isaan. They don't waste them here.

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    No!, i would send them all to 203 Sukhumvid Road, Naklua. or better still 304 Moo10, Nongprue, Banglamung, be right at home there! .

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    Don't know what your laughing at noodles, the story could just as easily been about some farang in Bangkok with hordes of ferrets roaming around his apartment, you wouldn't be laughing then would you

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Send 'em to Isaan. They don't waste them here.
    That's true enough, I've eaten a few off an issan barbie before and they wernt too bad. They did though insist I have thr tails which is too close to the ass for my likeing but they insisted it was the best bit. When in Rome (eat shit)

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