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PENSIONER Dorothy Proctor claims her garden has become so overrun with rats that she is too scared to let her pet dog outside.

The 70-year-old rents her Sneyd Green bungalow from Stoke on-Trent City Council and has repeatedly complained about rodents scurrying past the property.

Now she is too frightened to let out Yorkshire terrier, Tina, unless the dog is on a lead.

Dorothy moved into the home in Sneyd Street six years ago and says rats have become an increasingly common sight.

She said: “The problem comes and goes, but lately I have been seeing rats all of the time.

“I don’t want to let Tina out because a rat could kill her.

“It has been going on for quite a while. I have had the rat catcher here before, but they keep coming back.”

Dorothy believes the vermin are coming from a field behind her property.

She thinks the rats may be attracted by one of her sheds – which was once used by a former owner to house doves.

But for now her seven-year-old pooch is missing out on running around the back garden.

“She loves playing in the garden. It’s not fair to keep her on a lead,” said Dorothy.

“I am trying to find out who the land belongs to and I have complained to the council, but I am running out of options.

“I wouldn’t like to be near to a rat and worry about going into my own garden.

“I called the council and kicked off big style.

“It’s no good to anybody living here, especially people with pets and children.”

She made her latest appeal for help more than two weeks ago.

Today staff from the city council’s pest control team are due to visit Dorothy’s property.

And other residents say they have also spotted rodents in the area.

Emma Turner, aged 31, from Sneyd Street, said: “I have seen rats now and again when walking my dog, but not in my garden, so I didn’t think there was any point in reporting it.

“I think if I found rats in my garden I would be very worried.

“They are dirty and not nice to look at and can be dangerous.”

Councillor Joy Garner, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “We take issues involving vermin very seriously and do our utmost to respond to reports as soon as possible.

“Our pest control team is visiting Mrs Proctor today to help resolve her problem.

“We would ask residents to bear in mind that this is a very busy time of year for our pest control team, and to be patient when contacting us to book appointments.”

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