A pet owner with SICKENED had to run out of her own home due to rat infestation after the bug killed her puppy.
Melanie Henry’s nightmare field in Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, has been overrun by rodents, maggots and up to 1,000 flies.
The 26-year-old said the council house was in such a dirty state that the smell even made pest control officers vomit when they came to inspect it two days before Christmas.
Melanie was hospitalized due to a severe allergy to insects, and doctors also discovered she was bitten by ticks.
The rodents also “gnawed and destroyed” her refrigerator, washing machine and couch.
But the heartbreaking bird lover’s breaking point came on December 18 when rodents killed her beloved doll, Babe.
“My dolls were murdered because of them,” she said.
“She was on a high floor, there was nothing nearby that would attract the rats but they still got to her.
“It may just be an animal to the council but to me, my animal is my spiritual support, my everything.
“She’s a pretty girl and loves to chirp. She doesn’t deserve this.”
Melanie is currently homeless because she refuses to live in a rat-infested landfill, with at least five dead rodents rotting on the property.
She moved in for the first time on October 12, 2020 but didn’t start having problems with the rodents until next summer.
We were forced to live in a damp Glasgow apartment for six years, it was so bad that our daughter was hospitalized.
By November last year they had started running around her floors and Melanie had lodged a formal complaint with North Lanarkshire Council.
But Melanie, who has pancreatitis and a weakened immune system, claims that council bosses have been of little help.
She said: “The council has said there is nothing they can do but do pest control over the phone. But my life and health are at stake.
“It was their building, they knew about the problem and they still let me move in.
“I went crazy with it all.
SICK SMALL WORD
“When the pest control service was brought in – and I have four people as witnesses to this – they spewed out because of all the rat carcasses and the smell.
“They poisoned an even stronger poison – a mass of it for mass destruction but the rats just ran out.
“It’s contaminated to the highest degree of infestation, the rats are still there.
“Pest control has said it’s not comfortable for anyone to live here and has said I’m not here.
“I was really heartbroken about the whole thing.”
She added: “Pest control has ripped through the whole place looking for these rats.
“They told me to leave the house because the smell of poison was also in the air.
‘I LOSE EVERYTHING’
“These dead rats are still in the house and I haven’t spent Christmas or New Year there and I’m jumping between family and friends’ homes because it’s not safe to live there.
“It’s the only place I know I can call home and I don’t have that anymore.
“I’ve lost everything. I don’t feel safe, or secure, and I don’t have a home anymore.
“It’s a shame because it’s like people are going to judge you but I’m not treated like a human being, like I’m nothing and the only way to achieve that is to speak up.”
A North Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: “We have put in place a number of pest control measures to address the rodent problem at our tenant property. We are taking this as a priority and will take any action necessary.
“Rodents are attracted to food sources, both internal and external, and we will remind tenants to take action to deny them access to food whenever possible. More information and advice on preventing pest control problems is available on our website. ”
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