Sunday, July 02, 2006

See where kindheartedness gets you...

Found at Cynical-C Blog:

Man Found with 1,300 Rats in his One Bedroom Apartment

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - It all started four years ago when Roger Dier bought a baby rat to feed his pet Indian python. But when he saw the furry little critter squeaking for its life, the lifelong animal lover said he didn't have the heart to let it become just another snake snack.

"I couldn't stand it," he told The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa. "I took the rat out of the cage and got to know it."

After that, Dier was hooked on the rodents, which he described as gentle, lovable and an endless source of entertainment. He later bought four more at the pet store _ but didn't think to spay or neuter them.

Last week, animal control officers discovered more than 1,300 rats in Dier's small one-bedroom Petaluma home, after a neighbor complained about the foul smell. He was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Dier, 67, said depression, loneliness, denial and a recent bout of flu and bronchitis kept him from maintaining control of the fast-breeding population.

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At 7:36 AM, Blogger kenju said...

What do you want to bet that someone will make a movie about that guy? ICK!

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Sylvia said...

I think they already did. Do you remember the movies "Willard" and "Ben" made in the early 70's? But by Hollywood standards way overdue for a remake, so you'd probably win that bet.

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet it's okay to have a luma in that town.


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