300 pet rats being removed from Florida home

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Dec 13, 2014 1:07 PM by John Rogers – WFLA

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Florine Brown’s home is infested with rats — but she says she loves them, and some were even her pets.

When you walk into her house, it’s obvious something is wrong: holes are in the furniture, a foul odor fills the air – and there’s rats – lots and lots of rats.

Brown loves these rodents. She started with three back in 2012, but they escaped and multiplied — and now there are around 300 of them.

Brown said, “It got really out of control, but I still wanted to keep them.”

She added, “I didn’t think of it as a big deal or a problem. I still don’t, but it really got out of hand.”

A family member called animal rescue groups, and little by little, they’re going to safely remove them.

The process could take a month to complete.

Neighbors tried to warn her to stop the rodents from mating.

Sharron Fouratt said that she told Brown, “If you leave them loose and they breed quickly, you know, that’s what happens.”

Already about 70 rats have been removed in the past few days, but there’s a lot more work to do.

As for Brown, she says, “I just want them to go to good homes.”

Brown will not face any criminal charges for letting her home become infested.

She suffered from depression and she says her pet rats were a comfort to her until they got out of hand.

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