Runover with Rats: Cleveland man asking for help
Wesley Beaty is new to the Twinbrooks Drive neighborhood in Cleveland, Tennessee and he says the neighbors showing up at his place aren't at all what he expected.
Since he moved into his house seven months ago, Beaty says he's had an ongoing problem with rats infesting his backyard. He believes they're coming from a drainage ditch that runs behind his property.
He claims the neighbors told him the rats have been a continual problem, telling Eyewitness News, " They said it's been going on for over four years, having to fight the flooding area, the trash overflow and stuff going down all the the ditch line and everything, so it's just an ongoing problem."
It's been a fatal problem for Beatty's business breeding chihuahuas. He moved in with 9 of the specialty breed. Last week he was down to just one and Lacie is sick, too. Beaty's vet blames diseases carried by the rats. Beaty complained to the city of Cleveland, they offered to euthanize the little dog, which Beaty says he'll have to do. "What else can you do because either see the animals in pain and die out or you go ahead and let them go."
Beaty and his wife keep foster children. At times there may be half a dozen kids living in the house, kids who are not allowed to go outside and play in the backyard because if the rats are passing diseases to the dogs, Beaty worries they made make the children sick as well.
Beaty says he's spent nearly 300-dollars of his own money on rat poison, that doesn't seem to be slowing them down. And he tells us he's made repeated calls to any and every one he can think of who might be able to offer a solution. So far, no one's come thru with a fix.
And that's because it seems there's not an easy solution. Eyewitness News talked with Tommy Myers, director of Cleveland's Public Works department. He says this is a difficult situation because technically, the easement around the drainage ditch belongs to property owners, not the city. He did say that the city might be able to blast water through the drainage line in hopes of sending all the trash and the rats on down the pipe. So, Beaty learned the hard way: If you're interested in buying a home near a drainage line, consider asking the neighbors if they've had trouble with sewer rats.