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Rats running rampant inside Bronx public housing complex

October 16, 2018 - 7:00 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Rats the size of cats are taking over a Bronx public housing complex.

Residents at the Claremont Houses say the rodents have been turning up at all house of the day but particularly at night.

“I should never have to experience not one, but seven rats in my kitchen,” said Veronica Martinez. “Disgusting! All over the stalls, the washing machine – they just invades my apartment.”

Some residents told 1010 WINS’ John Montone that they have found rats inside their pots and pans and have seen drowned rats inside their toilets.

One woman also said her 12-month-old son was bitten by a rat but that NYCHA still did nothing.

"They did not come out and do nothing to my apartment until hospital doctors told them about the condition and threatened to help sue them for the condition that my son is living in," she said.

Bronx Councilman Richie Tores spoke about the epidemic saying NYCHA has been treating people in public housing as second class citizens.

“That family was living in a sewer infested with rodents,” he said.

NYCHA acknowledged the infestation on Monday and sent workers to repair holes in walls and spray chemicals where it was deemed safe.

"Our residents shouldn't have to live in these conditions,” NYCHA said in a statement. “We apologize to our residents and will continue to vigilantly monitor this situation.”