"Hundreds of large albino feral rats were found in a home. According to reports, a rental home in Las Cruces, N.M. had about 170 feral rats inside it. That's a lot of rats!
The rats are said to be the size of about a 4-5 month old kitten. Animal control officers were able to capture 170 rats inside the home along with two dogs. Officials say just as many probably remain in the home. The rats apparently ate two other dogs as skeletal remains were found in the rental home.
A 55-years-old woman named, Debbie Martin, and was charged with three misdemeanors for improper and maintenance of animals, dead animal removal refusal, and excessive waste. All charges have a fine of either $500 or 90 days in a jail cell.
There were rat feces from wall to wall, police said the smell was overwhelming. The rats were eating everything in the home including cardboard, the couch, and rat food.
Martin was reportedly in and out of the hospital and had bought a pair of albino rats 3 months beforehand. She then began hoarding hundreds of rats. Some of the rats were spotted around the neighborhood but residents were not aware of where they were coming from. The rats apparently were eating one neighbor's car wires according reports."
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