Each and every day in the news more and more frightening information comes to light about what dog owners must watch out for in order to keep their beloved friend safe and sound. Recent things include coyote attacks, people stealing dogs for profit or to be used as bait dogs for dog fights, gangs of kids attacking dogs just for the pleasure of killing them, bad dog food or treats, new and deadly diseases, just to name a few.
Recently, though, in Centralia, Washington, a brand new issue has come to light and it is frightening indeed. Can I just say rats? Oh boy, what a mess!
Not only is this a frightening and messy issue, it is a huge issue for canines! According to other news reports, rats are practically taking over a Centralia neighborhood.
One woman in particular has discovered more than a dozen rats in her backyard. She is rightfully fearful for her family and her pets. She is doing her best to protect her property and those she loves but she really wants to know what the source of the issue is.
She was especially upset when her young dog was attacked by a rat and had to be rushed to the vet. The year-and-a-half canine was bitten around her arms and legs; 18 puncture wounds in total.
Afterward an exterminator visited to see the extremity of the circumstances and agreed that it was quite intense. In fact, the exterminator feels so compelled to get to the bottom of why the rats are so extreme in this part of Centralia that he has offered to help this particular family and their neighbors for free.
Not only do the neighbors have rats in their yards, but some even have them invading their homes. The conglomeration of people is quite concerned about disease – both for the humans and their pets! They want the city to figure out what the source is because they know that they are doing everything possible to keep the rats out.
Both the city code enforcement office of Centralia and the Lewis County Health Department are looking into this rat infestation but have little or no idea how they will elucidate the issue; hoping that the exterminator will be able to help them and the neighborhood in question.
It must be terrifying to realize that those in charge of your health and well-being have no idea how to help those in need. Thankfully there are people and pet advocates out there that are willing to work until they can get the proper answers.
Dogs and people need to feel secure in their homes and yards. We need to eliminate all of the issues that seem to be popping up all over our nation. Thanks to those that help to make our animals safe and secure and it is the hope that all animals will one day be able to go into their own yards without issue.