March 27, 1996 in Nation/World

Woman Shared Her House With A Thousand Pet Rats

Associated Press

This time, the rats were chasing the cats.

Police raided the home of an elderly woman in the southern city of Toulouse on Tuesday and discovered she was living with 1,000 rats that amused themselves by harassing her cats.

Officers had difficulty entering the home of the unidentified woman because it was crawling with rats, which the woman fed 33 pounds of grain daily.

Police, acting on an anonymous tip, said the old woman slept on the floor, surrounded by cats that were tormented and bitten by the rats.

They said the woman had managed to domesticate the rats and that they apparently had not bitten her. Nevertheless, the woman was hospitalized and her home was sealed by health authorities.

Officials said they planned to kill the entire rat colony.

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