Seminole County woman fighting to save her pet rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 24, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

A Seminole County woman is looking for a way to save her beloved pets. They aren’t dogs or cats — they’re rats.

She said she has kept them in her Altamonte Springs condo for years. But she just got a letter, ordering her rats out starting Friday.

“They just bring me such joy, they’re so funny,” said Jody Oakes, referring to her pet rats.

Oakes says she has six rats, which she has had as pets for the past four years. She has owned her condo for 22 years, she said.

She said she just received a letter from property management saying the rats have to go.

“I called you. I’m fighting for them. They’re everything to me,” Oakes said to WFTV reporter Bianca Castro.

According to management, “Normal household pets less than 40 pounds,” are allowed. They said rats are not normal pets.

Most animal groups, even the Humane Society, consider rats as legitimate pets, just like guinea pigs or hamsters. And they can be purchased at just about any pet store.

So we went to the property manager for answers..

“Isn’t a rat a household animal?” Castro asked the condo manager.

“I’m not attorney. I couldn’t tell you. To be honest with you, this is the first time I’ve come upon, in all my time in this business, anybody having rats in a unit.

She told us she just found out about the pet rodents and is following the direction of her attorney, who defines household pets as birds fish cats or dogs.

Oakes said that she has been told she will have to pay up to a $1,000 a day if she doesn’t evict her furry friends by Friday.

She said she plans to appeal to her homeowners association.

“They’re awesome, and they bring happiness to my life and they bring joy to my life,” said Oakes.    

Oakes said her rats are even registered with the North American Rat Registry.

She said she’s willing to part with some of them if she can keep a few.

Article source: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/seminole-county-woman-fighting-save-her-pet-rats/nT6HF/

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