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City initiative may be creating rat problem in Moncton, N.B.

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:32 PM - The city of Moncton has a rat problem and locals aren't sure what to do about it.

Residents have reported seeing rats 'as big as dogs' according to Global News. Earlier this week, Raven A. Gauthier published a series of disturbing images on Facebook featuring her dog Sky, who was attacked by rodents three times in seven days.

She told the CBC the rats transferred two types of bacteria to Sky, who is being treated with antibiotics.

Gauthier wrote to officials about the infestation. She was told the city doesn't have jurisdiction over how garbage is stored on private property and therefore not responsible.

The problem, according to the CBC, may be the result of a recent composting initiative. 

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW:

Raven's dog Sky was attacked by rats three times in one week. Courtesy: Raven A. Gauthier/Facebook.

The three-stream system consists of green bags for wet garbage and compost which are picked up weekly, blue bags for dry items and recyclables and clear bags for bathroom and non-food kitchen waste. The blue and clear bags are supposed to be picked up on alternating weeks, but residents told the CBC the clear bags can go unclaimed for weeks at a time.

Spokesperson Isabelle LeBlanc told the CBC via email the city has a process in place for dealing with rats but is reviewing its procedures. She advised residents with a rodent problem to contact a pest control company.

Gauthier told The Weather Network via email her dog is healing well and had her staples removed Thursday.

Sources: CBC | Global News

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