Thug killed animals by throwing them against a wall and burning their feet

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 5, 2017 in Rat News
Thug killed animals by throwing them against a wall and burning their feet
Lewis Fox abused animals to control his girlfriend (Picture: Jim Bennett)

A sadistic thug who tortured and killed pet hamsters as a way of tormenting his girlfriend.

Lewis Fox, 18, hurled rodent Beano at a wall and killed two pet rats.

The teen strangled one of the rodents with a telephone cable, squeezed one to death and set fire to another because it bit him.

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He even took photos of the dead pets to send to his then girlfriend in a revolting act of torment.

Trevor Wight, prosecuting, said: ‘He said he burnt its toes off with a lighter.

‘Perhaps most disgustingly of all, she described how he would pick his nose and then the bloody contents of his fingers would be wiped in her hair.’

Fox, from Sittingbourne, Kent, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour.

Maidstone Crown Court in Kent (Picture: PA)

Maidstone Crown Court heard the couple started a relationship in late 2014 but within the first month Fox was texting other girls.

He started controlling her and telling her what to wear, criticised her make-up and told her to dye her hair, but when she did so he said he did not like it.

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He tracked her social media accounts, flirted with her friends, was paranoid to be seen with her and spat in her face on numerous occasions.

Fox also told her how he wanted to ‘strangle and hurt you’ on her 18th birthday in July 2015 and gave her a cake before throwing it on the floor and kicking her out.

In November last year the victim was lying next to Fox in bed when she awoke to find him with his hands around her throat after discovering she had been texting another man.

She feared she could die and begged him to stop and he told her it would be easy to snap her neck and continued to throttle her for ten minutes.

Her father gave her £4,000 as an 18th birthday present and Fox borrowed £1,580 from her and did not pay it back.

A psychiatric report found that Fox, who suffers from ADHD, had a personality disorder, and a callous disregard for others.

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After killing the pets, the former scaffolder inflicted bruises on her wrists and body from being held down and on another occasion poured a bottle of water over her and burnt her with a cigarette.


Fox was jailed for 14 months – 10 months for controlling behaviour and four months consecutive for animal cruelty – and banned indefinitely from keeping any animals.

A restraining order banning contact with his ex-girlfriend was placed on Fox, whose new girlfriend is pregnant with his child.

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Dead animals left on LaFayette lawn lead deputies to take kids, 17 pets from home

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 4, 2017 in Rat News

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. — National Grid workers were on a call Tuesday in LaFayette when they found two dead animals on a front lawn, deputies said.

The animals’ bodies were left in cages in front of 3384 Route 11, said Sgt. Jon Seeber, an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. They were so decomposed that it was impossible to tell what kind of animals they were, he said.

Deputies were called to the home at 3:40 p.m.

When they arrived, deputies discovered three children and more than a dozen animals were living in “deplorable” conditions, Seeber said. Insects — including fleas and ticks — had infested the inside of the feces-covered home, he said.

The homeowner, Melissa Spencer, was charged with endangering the welfare of the children who lived in her home and animal cruelty.

Workers with the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to the home to help remove 17 animals. Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, pet rats, ferrets and guinea pigs were taken from the residence, Seeber said.

Due to the condition of the home, Onondaga County Child Protective Services workers also responded. The children are staying with a family friend, Seeber said.

LaFayette’s code officer has deemed the Route 11 home uninhabitable, Seeber said.

Deputies charged Spencer with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. The SPCA charged her with animal cruelty.

Spencer was released from custody on an appearance ticket, Seeber said. She is due to appear in LaFayette Town Court on Oct. 25.

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What Are the Diseases Your Pet Can Give You?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 2, 2017 in Rat News
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What Are the Diseases Your Pet Can Give You?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 28, 2017 in Rat News

Outbreaks of illnesses linked to pets seem to be on the rise.

This month, CNN reported on an outbreak of campylobacteriosis, a bacterial infection, that was caused by contact with puppies sold by Petland stores.

So far, 39 people in seven states have fallen ill. Nine of them were hospitalized.

The puppy-borne campylobacter outbreak report came just weeks after small pet turtles were blamed for an outbreak of salmonella that has infected 37 people in 13 states since March, with 12 of those infected children age 5 and younger.

That animals in general and pets specifically can spread illnesses to humans isn’t a new phenomenon.

The FDA banned the sale of small turtles (with shells smaller than 4 inches) more than 40 years ago because of the established salmonella risk.

And domesticated dogs contracted rabies and then infected humans with the disease for decades before vaccination and animal control programs all but eradicated the disease in the United States.

In fact, only one to three cases of human rabies infection are reported in the U.S. annually.

The diseases that people get from animals are known as zoonotic diseases, or zoonoses. Today the likelihood of these types of contagions is quite slim.

“Put it in perspective,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University, told Healthline. “The risk of transmission from a domesticated animal is really pretty small.”

Still, it’s important to be aware of the risks of pet ownership — particularly for exotic animals — and to take precautions to keep you, your family, and your pets healthy.

The rise of zoonoses

Pets carry germs that make people sick, sometimes even when those same germs have no harmful effect on the animals themselves.

Essentially, the cohabitation of animals and humans has led to the exposure and proliferation of bacteria and microorganisms that would otherwise not take place.

“Many infectious diseases originate from pathogens, viruses, that are common in the animal population,” Schaffner said. “As the human population increases and we move into areas previously only sparsely inhabited, the opportunities for contact with these virus-carrying animals increases. Transmission of these pathogens to us is an accident, of sorts, but the viruses affect us.”

Similarly, pets are basically wild animals that have been introduced into our environment.

“With pets, it’s the reverse,” Schaffner said. “Turtles don’t normally live in houses, but if they’re bred to be pets, then we touch them, we contaminate our hands, and then we touch our mouths and noses.”

“The turtle has a thousand-year relationship with salmonella, but domestication has brought the turtle and salmonella into homes.”

Why these pathogens affect humans but have no effect on their animal hosts is based in evolution.

“We don’t have a symbiosis with these organisms,” Dr. Dana Hawkinson of the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Kansas Health System told Healthline. “We’re not colonized by them. Some organisms cause disease in us because we don’t have the typical defense mechanisms to live in a symbiotic relationship with them.”

Certain human populations are more vulnerable to zoonoses than others.

“People that are more susceptible to illnesses and infections are people with weakened immune systems — those with autoimmune disease or are undergoing chemo,” said Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, director of the One Health Office at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children 5 and younger and adults 65 and older are also at increased risk.

“Kids engage in more risky behavior such as licking animals,” said Behravesh.

Pregnant women are susceptible to adverse effects from contamination by certain germs.

“But even healthy people can get sick,” Behravesh told Healthline.

Common zoonoses

Here’s a list of the more common pet-borne diseases and the type of pets typically associated with the illness or infection.

Additional information, including updates about current zoonotic disease outbreaks, is available at the CDC’s Healthy Pets Healthy People site.

Ringworm (dogs, cats)

Ringworm, a skin and scalp disease caused by a fungus, is passed from animal to animal and animal to human by contact.

It can also be transferred by touching an object or surface that came in contact with the infection.

People with ringworm develop a scaly, reddened, circular, and itchy rash.

Ringworm infection of a pet may not be obvious, but puppies and kittens may show signs — often hairless areas with scaling, crusting, and redness.

Pets with potential ringworm should be taken to the veterinarian.

Campylobacter (dogs, cats)

Campylobacteriosis is a disease caused by bacteria that is sometimes passed to humans via contact with the feces of infected dogs and cats.

Symptoms of the human infection are diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after exposure to the organism.

Typically, no treatment is necessary, as the symptoms pass within a week.

Cat-scratch disease (cats)

As the name implies, humans become infected with cat-scratch disease (CSD) when an infected cat breaks a person’s skin by biting or scratching, or licks a person’s open wound.

Although 40 percent of cats carry the infection-causing bacteria at some time in their lives, kittens are more likely to bite or scratch and therefore pass the infection on to humans.

The bacteria can cause a mild but painful infection at the area of the wound, making it swell and produce lesions.

A person with CSD may also develop a fever, headache, poor appetite, and exhaustion.

Toxoplasmosis (cats)

Should your pregnant partner attempt to clean the litter box, please stop her.

She may contract toxoplasmosis and pass the disease on to her unborn child, causing birth defects affecting the nervous system and eyes.

A single-celled parasite causes toxoplasmosis.

Cats become infected by eating rodents, birds, or other small animals infected with the parasite.

The parasite is then passed via the cats’ feces on to their human owners, who accidentally ingest the microscopic parasites during litter box cleaning.

E. coli (petting zoo animals)

The bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a normal (and important) part of humans’ intestinal tracts, but some kinds of E. coli are harmful and can cause disease — most commonly E. coli O157.

Symptoms of infection are diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

Young children are more likely to have severe problems from E. coli O157, including kidney failure and death.

The bacteria can be passed directly to people from the skin, fur, and feathers of contaminated animals, typically cows (especially calves), goats, sheep, and deer.

Salmonella (amphibians, reptiles)

Turtles aren’t the only potential pets that can carry and pass on salmonella infections.

Geckos, bearded dragons, frogs, and other creepy, crawly animals can carry the illness-causing bacteria.

Though most people contract salmonellosis (a salmonella infection) from contaminated food, contact with infected animals (such as small turtles) can also cause the illness.

According to the CDC, salmonella infection hospitalizes approximately 19,000 people and is responsible for 380 deaths every year in the United States.

Salmonellosis symptoms are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps occurring between 12 and 72 hours after infection.

Most people recover without treatment within four to seven days, although some people may have diarrhea so severe they need to be hospitalized.

Seoul virus

Although rodents aren’t common pets in the United States, there are enough pet rats in the country to require a CDC investigation into the outbreak of the rodent-borne Seoul virus that infected 17 people in seven states earlier this year.

People contract the virus from contact with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents, specifically the brown or Norway rat.

People who become infected with the virus often exhibit mild or no symptoms. However, some will develop a form of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, with death occurring in approximately 2 percent of these cases.

The CDC recommends that rat owners and breeders inspect proof of a rat’s infection status before accepting new rats into existing colonies.

Psittacosis (exotic birds)

Parrot fever, as psittacosis is familiarly known, is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and contracted by humans from infected parrots (macaws, cockatiels, and budgerigars) as well as from infected pigeons, sparrows, ducks, hens, gulls, and other species of bird.

Human infection is usually acquired by inhaling dried secretions from infected birds, making bird owners, aviary and pet shop employees, poultry workers, and veterinarians at-risk groups.

Fewer than 10 confirmed cases are reported in the U.S. each year.

Psittacosis can affect the lungs and may cause pneumonia. Other symptoms are fever, soreness, headaches, and a dry cough.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (mice, hamsters)

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) is a rodent-borne viral disease primarily hosted by common house mice, but hamsters and other types of pet rodents can become infected with the virus from wild mice at the breeder, pet store, or home.

The virus is transmitted to humans via contact with urine, feces, saliva, or blood of infected pet mice or hamsters.

Although most infections result in few or no symptoms, those persons who do become ill typically have fever, malaise, lack of appetite, muscle aches, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

A second phase of illness can and may include meningitis, encephalitis, or meningoencephalitis. Pregnant women who become infected may pass the infection to their fetuses, possibly causing fetal death or birth defects including vision problems, mental retardation, and hydrocephaly (water on the brain).


The chances of catching a zoonosis aren’t high.

With proper hygiene and a bit of education, there’s no reason for pet owners to worry about their furry, scaly, or feathered friends infecting them.

Here’s some advice.

Find the right pet for you and your family

Before buying or adopting an animal, make sure it’s appropriate for your home.

“There’s a right pet out there for everyone, but not all pets are right for all people,” Behravesh said. “Research, research, research. If you have children younger than 5, don’t bring a reptile or amphibian into the house — small turtles included. Even if the child never touches the pet because you keep it high up on a shelf, you may cross-contaminate the baby’s bottle from cleaning the cage, and your baby could get sick with salmonella.”

Get your pet to the vet

Regularly take your pet to the veterinarian for checkups and to ensure it’s healthy.

It’s hard to know if it could be infected with a zoonotic disease.

“Sometimes pets can carry germs, look perfectly healthy, and still make people sick,” Behravesh said.

And make sure your pet has been vaccinated for rabies.

“Vets have been routinely vaccinating dogs for rabies so we no longer see cases of canine-mediated rabies in humans,” Behravesh noted.

Wash your hands after contact with any animal

Always wash your hands after touching an animal and wash any other parts or articles of clothing that may have come in contact with it, too.

“A common way to get a zoonotic infection is from directly touching an infected animal,” Behravesh said. “Hugging, kissing, bringing it next to your face — these can increase your risk for certain germs.”

Be especially careful about cleaning up when you’re at petting zoos or fairs with farmyard animals that are made available for children to feed or touch.

“Make sure you and your children wash your hands, if not with soap and water, then with hygiene rubs and liquids,” Schaffner said. “If sinks or hygiene gels aren’t available, make sure you take the kids to the restroom immediately after.”

Handle feces with care

Animals can harbor infections in their fecal material, so be careful cleaning up after your pet.

Avoid touching poop when you pick it up and dispose of it.

Take care of it as quickly as possible, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose, and wash your hands thoroughly immediately.

Avoid bites and scratches

Though it’s a seemingly obvious suggestion, try not to be scratched or bitten by your — or any — animals.

“Cat’s teeth, for one, are very thin and can puncture skin, and animals have a lot of bacteria in their mouths,” Hawkinson said. “If your skin is broken, it creates an environment for an infection to grow.”

If you do get bit or scratched by someone else’s pet, ask for the pet’s rabies vaccination status to ensure you haven’t been infected, then clean the affected area immediately with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment.

“If you do get sick from a bite or scratch, let your doctor know, even if it’s weeks later,” Behravesh said.

Clean up after you clean up after your pet

When cleaning your pet’s habitat (carrier, crate, terrarium, etc.), do it outside with a water hose or in a tub, bleaching the tub afterward.

Don’t clean pet items in the kitchen sink or you risk cross-contamination.

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Snowpiercer Cast, Story and Everything to Know

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 27, 2017 in Rat News

This article is a hub that is updated with the latest Snowpiercer news.

Snowpiercer, TNT’s upcoming hour-long television pilot, adapting director Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 South Korean dystopic sci-fi film of the same name, will be headlined by an Oscar-winner in Jennifer Connelly, who co-stars opposite Hamilton stage standout Daveed Diggs. They are joined by an ever-growing coterie of co-stars.

Snowpiercer TV Series News

Snowpiercer‘s proverbial apocalyptic locomotive of a production has just started chugging. Director Scott Derrickson – still riding high after his big screen spell-weaving success from last fall’s Doctor Strange – has posted an update that’s crucial, despite its minimalism, with the image of his director’s chair. In doing so, he confirms that production for the TNT television series has commenced.

A post shared by Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) on Sep 25, 2017 at 11:02pm PDT

Snowpiercer TV Series Cast

Jennifer Connelly will play a character named Melanie Cavill, reports Deadline. A member of the train’s First Class, Melanie is known as the “Voice of the Train,” heard across all cars through a PA system, making daily announcements. While, the idea of front-end First-Classers looking down upon the back-end peasants is par for the course of the established story, it seems that Melanie fields a fascination with the other half; a fascination that may just put her in the orbit of Diggs’s Layton Well during a subsequent upheaval.

Connelly only has a few TV entries on her CV with the 1992 (TNT) TV movie The Heart and Justice and the 2000 Darren-Starr-developed series The $treet. However, she has been visible in film since debuting in director Sergio Leone’s 1984 Prohibition drama Once Upon a Time in America, notably appearing – opposite David Bowie – in the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth, cult-classic comedy Career Opportunities, 1991 summer blockbuster The Rocketeer, 1996 noir period drama Mullholland Falls, and 2000 Darren Aronofsky-directed drama Requiem for a Dream. 2001’s A Beautiful Mind – a biopic of mathematician John Nash – would yield Connelly a 2002 Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in a role opposite Russell Crowe.

She subsequently appeared in the 2003 pre-MCU comic book effort Hulk, 2006 Oscar-nominated drama Blood Diamond, 2008 sci-fi classic remake The Day the Earth Stood Still and another onscreen run opposite Crowe in the 2014 Biblical epic Noah. Connelly recently appeared in the 1960s period drama American Pastoral, opposite its co-star and debuting director Ewan McGregor. Her next films are this October’s fact-based Arizona wildfire drama Granite Mountain Hotshots and director Robert Rodriguez’s (James Cameron-scripted) 2018 adaptation of the manga/anime Alita: Battle Angel.

Daveed Diggs will play new primary character Layton Well, a prisoner living in the dregs of the train’s societal steerage in the back end. Described as a “quiet thinker” who spends his days tending to a cage filled with pet rats and sniffing a makeshift drug made from industrial waste called Chronole, Layton becomes an unlikely participant in an upheaval that could see caste clashes on the train.

Diggs, an actor whose acclaim continues to escalate, is coming off his roles in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, a run on sitcom Black-ish and Baz Lurhmann’s hip-hop throwback Netflix series The Get Down.

Mickey Sumner will play a character named Bess Till. Described as “thoughtful” and “empathetic,” Bess holds the job of brakeman; a position that’s part of the perpetually-running post-apocalyptic train’s security force. Much like the class-divided primary characters in Jennifer Connelly’s Melanie and Daveed Diggs’s Layton, Sumner’s Bess will find herself caught in the middle of the caste clashes that will be depicted.

The daughter of rock icon Sting (a.k.a. Gordon Sumner,) Mickey Sumner has notably fielded recurring television roles on Showtime’s The Borgias and AMC’s Low Winter Sun, as well as a diverse array of films such as 2012’s Frances Ha, 2013’s CBGB (playing another rock icon in Patti Smith), 2014’s The Mend and 2015’s The End of the Tour. However, mainstream prospects lie ahead when she appears in September offerings in the Tom Cruise-starring crime thriller American Made and the Emma Stone/Steve Carell-starring Battle of the Sexes, centering on the famous 1973 gender-crossing tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Alison Wright will play Lilah Anderson. The character, a quiet, careful type, described as a “pragmatic and independent thinker,” lives in the fourth-class cabin of the titular post-apocalyptic train with her husband and daughter, working in a nail salon. With a potentially violent class upheaval set for the series, Lilah will find herself utilizing some previously untapped inner-strength.

The English actress Wright is best known as a standout from FX’s Cold War spy series The Americans, playing fan-favorite character Martha Hanson, a mawkish, identifiable FBI secretary who is hoodwinked into a marriage with embedded Russian spy Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), unwittingly providing crucial intelligence. She also appeared in the FX anthology series Feud, Amazon crime series Sneaky Pete and the 2007 Scarlett Johansson-starring comedy The Nanny Diaries.

Benjamin Haigh also boards the train’s primary cast to play Fergus McConnell, an embattled urchin surrounded by bleakness and poverty in the back end that forces him to grow up way too fast. His existence mostly centers on providing whatever he can scavenge for his family, along with helping his mother in the care of his sick father.  

The prodigious Haigh recently came into some prominent roles, notably with the 2016 horror film sequel The Conjuring 2 and on the Nat Geo Albert Einstein biographical series Genius. He’ll next appear in the historical royal drama Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, which arrives in September.

Lena Hall will play Sayori, the resident archivist and member of the caste-divided train’s upper management, charged with keeping written record of events and handling staffing to fill the crucial roles that keep the microcosmic locomotive chugging along.

This will be Hall’s very first regular television role. Besides serving as lead singer of rock band The Deafening, she’s been a prolific presence on the Broadway stage (on which star Daveed Diggs attained success). She was notably part of the inaugural cast of Kinky Boots and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the latter of which yielded her a Tony Award in 2014. Her onscreen roles include TV guest spots on Girls and Good Girls Revolt, a 2008 run on All My Children and films Becks, The Graduates, Born from the Foot, The Big Gay Musical and a minor role in 2008’s Sex and the City movie.

Snowpiercer TV Series Story

2013’s Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon Ho, adapting the French comic book Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette and Benjamin Legrand, seemed like an odd foreign film detour for Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America Chris Evans. Yet, with a limited U.S. theatrical release, the South Korean film managed to achieve respectable box office numbers with $86.8 million USD worldwide. ($4.5 million from the U.S. release.) Moreover, the breadth of its critical acclaim in the States widened by way of DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and premium cable airings.

The Snowpiercer mythology depicts a society living in the aftermath of a catastrophic climate engineering experiment that left the Earth engulfed in an ice age, relegating the remnants of humanity to live on a massive experimental locomotive – the titular Snowpiercer – powered by its own perpetual motion, rounding a circumnavigational track. Thus, TNT Snowpiercer pilot is set seven years after the events of the 2013 film, which ended in a major act of back-end sedition with the derailment of the train by way of an explosion-triggered avalanche. That, however, was only a temporary setback for the Snowpiercer. However, as its class divisions remain prevalent, seeds of a revolution are sowed and people like Daveed Diggs’s introverted prisoner Layton Well are swept in its force.

Snowpiercer TV Series Crew

TNT’s Snowpiercer pilot will see Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson as director and executive producer, working off a script by showrunner/writer/executive producer Josh Friedman, whose television work you may have seen on NBC’s late pirate drama Crossbones plus other adapted series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the halted adaptation of comic book series Locke Key (to which Derrickson is attached). However, Friedman also happens to be working on scripts for a few “small” film projects in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Snowpiercer is a production of Tomorrow Studios via executive producers Mary Adelstein and Becky Clements and Turner’s Studio T.

With Snowpiercer’s uniquely stylized dystopic premise, coupled with its overt political themes of class division and a putrid pathos focused on the sinking depths of the human condition, there will certainly be much with which to work when it comes to a prospective ongoing television series.

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‘We are not your garbage dump here,’ West Side alderman says – Chicago Sun

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 26, 2017 in Rat News

Chicago is targeting people who illegally dump tires, construction debris and other waste around the city, using 15 new high-resolution mobile cameras to take them to court.

Last year, it cost the city more than $1.5 million to clean up the waste. Now, the city has spent $6,500 per camera — a total of $97,500 — on cameras that may be used to fine dumpers by as much $5,000 for the first offense.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said the fines may help pay for the cameras, which he hopes will also deter dumpers all together. So far in 2017, he said, the city has recovered 4,000 truckloads of tires.

The cameras began going up about a month ago. The city has already used them to file two cases in court.

“We are not your sewer,” Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said. “We are not your garbage dump here, on the West Side of Chicago.”

Williams and Department of Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita noted the waste piles can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.

“People are dumping not just tires but trash,” Morita said. “Rodents, pet rats — they grow and they congregate in those areas. It’s the same areas where we have kids and families.”

The new cameras are also meant to complement an ordinance introduced this month by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If passed, it would significantly increase dumping fines, according to a City Hall press release.

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New Cameras Target Illegal Dumping in Chicago

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 25, 2017 in Rat News

Chicago is installing 15 new high-resolution cameras to catch illegal dumpers in the act.

In 2016, the city spent more than $1.5 million to clean up illegally dumped construction debris, tires and other refuse. So now it’s investing about $100,000 to install cameras. Dumpers who are caught will be fined as much as $5,000 for a first offense.

The Chicago Sun-Times has more:

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said the fines may help pay for the cameras, which he hopes will also deter dumpers all together. So far in 2017, he said, the city has recovered 4,000 truckloads of tires.

The cameras began going up about a month ago. The city has already used them to file two cases in court.

“We are not your sewer,” Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said. “We are not your garbage dump here, on the West Side of Chicago.”

Williams and Department of Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita noted the waste piles can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.

“People are dumping not just tires but trash,” Morita said. “Rodents, pet rats — they grow and they congregate in those areas. It’s the same areas where we have kids and families.”

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Orcutt Veterinary Hospital celebrating 10 years of helping animals

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 24, 2017 in Rat News

“I always rode, ever since childhood. I grew up riding trail horses, Western, then when I got into my 20s, I started lessons, learning to jump, got interested in English,” Forsythe said.

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Orcutt Veterinary Hospital celebrating 10 years of helping animals …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 23, 2017 in Rat News

“I always rode, ever since childhood. I grew up riding trail horses, Western, then when I got into my 20s, I started lessons, learning to jump, got interested in English,” Forsythe said.

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Kailyn Lowry considering a pet rat for her sons?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 22, 2017 in Rat News

#Kailyn Lowry is currently staying home with her three children, as she’s taking some time to care for her newborn baby. Lowry has done things for her children before, including buying them a trampoline and giving them bikes, so when one person suggested she get her sons a pet, she decided to ask her fans about this. Apparently, this “Teen Mom 2” star had never heard of pet rats. She seemed rather disgusted with the idea, so she decided to get some second opinions about the topic.

According to a new tweet, Kailyn Lowry is now revealing that she’s never heard of this kind of pet before and she seems completely shocked that someone would have a rat as a pet.

Of course, rats are actually clean animals and they are cleaner than cats and dogs. But a rat is often something people associate with garbage, dirty alleyways, and perhaps even bacteria. Lowry didn’t exactly jump on the idea that she should buy her boys some pet rats. She would probably prefer another dog, as she does have a few dogs in her Delaware home.

Disgusted with rodents as pets?

Kailyn Lowry didn’t go into detail on Twitter about her thoughts, but it sounds like Isaac and Lincoln won’t be getting this kind of pet anytime soon. She didn’t mention whether she found it cute or disgusting.

If Isaac or Lincoln wanted a #Pet Rat, they may have a bigger chance getting one from their respective fathers.

Jo Rivera and Javi Marroquin may be easier to convince when it comes to getting a pet. It doesn’t sound like Marroquin has any pets, as the dogs he shared with Kailyn stayed with her after the divorce.

Newborn may change things

These days, Kailyn Lowry has a newborn at home and she may be very protective when it comes to what she offers him. A pet rat in the home may not be something that she’s interested in, as she wants to keep the home clean. The last thing she would want is a pet rat snuggling up to little baby Lo when she’s not watching. However, her fans may argue that her dogs would probably bring more bacteria to the home than a pet rat.

These days, Lowry has more to think about than getting another pet. On “#Teen Mom 2,” Lowry revealed that both Jo Rivera and Javi are trying to take the kids from her. The guys just want shared custody, where they get to see their sons as much as she gets to see them. However, she’s not keen on sharing custody.

What do you think about Kailyn Lowry‘s tweet about the pet rat? Do you think she could be convinced to get her sons a pet rat if they ask nicely?

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