Rats! Hundreds found in apartment

Rats removed from Kettering apartment. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)
Rats removed from Kettering apartment. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Nearly 300 rats were confiscated from a Kettering apartment Thursday.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton received a call last week about the animals at a complex in the 3200 block of Wilmington Pike.

Agents removed 70 rats last week. They removed the rest Thursday morning.

The chief humane officer says a man was breeding the rats as pets.

Sheila Marquis says the man was not living in the apartment. Conditions were less than stellar, but the rats all appear cared for.

“Pocket pets are great animals for children, very durable and sweet, however you don’t want to have 200, said Marquis. “What becomes a problem is they don’t get spayed or neutered and end up having large litters that go from one or two to large quantities.”

Several rat rescues were called to help house the rats. They are all pet rat varieties.

A majority of the rats are being kept at the Rattie Tattie Rescue in Cincinnati.  Workers there say the rats will soon be up for adoption, but in the meantime, they can use donated items to help care for them.  Visit the Rattie Tattie Rescue online for that information.

They will all be checked by a vet and could be up for adoption in the next couple of days.

Charges are possible against the man, but they are pending an investigation.

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