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Wisconsin woman evicted from rat infested home


PLOVER (WKOW) -- A woman in central Wisconsin was evicted from her home this week for what authorities call a shocking problem.

Rats, hundreds of them.

Health officials say the woman kept more than 300 rats in her home in Plover, near Stevens Point.

It started with one pet rat, but over the years the pets bred with wild rats and the place became infested.

The Town of Plover condemned the property and brought in an exterminator.

"It shocked me a little bit because usually people don't have that many rats for pets.  The odor was rather potent. I mean I just walked in the front door, I didn't walk any farther and the smell was overpowering," said Matthew Schneider of Schneider's Wildlife Control.

According to court documents, the woman said the rats were her friends and didn't cause any harm.

Town officials are now trying to decide what will happen to the mobile home.

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