Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Woman lived with thousands of rats in animal hoarding case

by Alicia E. Barrón

Animal hoarding is on the rise in Arizona and while it's usually dogs or cats that people collect in large numbers, one woman's love for rats led her to keeping thousands of them in her home.

It happened in Coconino County and while health officials won't name the woman involved, they say she had thousands of pet rats in her home, each one with its own special name.

"She knew that it had gotten out of control but she could not bring herself to deal with it,” Marlene Gaither says.

She is talking about thousands of rats a Coconino County woman called family. Gaither is with the Coconino County Public Health Services District and talked about the unusual case at a seminar at Arizona State University Wednesday. .." More & video

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