Giant rats ‘killed’ mum’s dog after neighbors turned garden into dumping ground



A mum claims her home is being terrorized by hordes of rats after her ‘nightmare neighbours’ used their garden as a ‘dumping ground’ – with the rodents even ‘killing her dog’.

Nicola Green first noticed a rat ‘poke its head out’ from under her fence in November last year, as she says months of her neighbors ‘chucking’ rubbish in their garden had created mounds of waste.

But the 34-year-old claims that now the rats have taken over her garden too and are terrorizing all the surrounding homes – chewing through sheds and eating property.

The care worker even believes the bacteria-carrying rats were the cause of her 14-year-old Jack Russell Jess’ kidney failure, which led to her needing to be euthanized.

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Nicola Green, 34, with her sons Leighton, 16, and Harry, eight, and their dog Jess
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Rats would crawl around piles of trash bags and larger junk items
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Meanwhile her children are now no longer able to play in the garden due to the infestation.

Horrifying footage shows rats crawling around piles of trash bags and larger junk items – as one large rodent even relaxes on an abandoned mattress.

Nicola has since made numerous complaints to the landlord and environmental health, who she says failed to act for almost four months until she provided video evidence of the rodents.

The council department were then forced to threaten the landlord with a fine if the waste wasn’t cleared after the tenant repeatedly failed to clear the garden.

Last week, the landlord finally cleared the mess but Nicola says the rats haven’t been dealt with and are still running riot in gardens across the neighbourhood.

Most confusingly, both Platform Housing association and Newark and Sherwood District Council advised the tenants to report the issue to the other, claiming the responsibility lies with the other party.

Nicola, from Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, said: “They’ve always had stuff scattered about the garden.

“It started as them just tossing the odd can out on the garden but this last year it built up to that bad.

They were chucking out everything – food, household waste, used sanitary towels – just anything you would put in a bin but they were just chucking it all in the back garden.







She claims the rats have taken over her garden and are terrorizing all the surrounding homes
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“I think there was a point when they put the recycling bin out but there were carrier bags in it which you’re not supposed to put in and because the bin men refused to empty it they just stopped putting the bins out.

“I could hear rustling in the garden so I thought there were rats but I couldn’t be sure at first. My dog ​​would dig near the fence and I would have to pull her away.

“The next thing I was out in the garden and a rat poked its head out through a hole under the fence and I just felt sick. I was in shock.

“At first they were just in that garden, then they started coming into mine and now they’re in everyone’s gardens and sheds.

“One day I looked out and there were loads, I couldn’t believe how many there were. They’ve chewed through people’s sheds and damaged loads of property.”

The mum of two moved into her home almost four years ago but claimed she quickly realized she had ‘nightmare neighbours’.

She says that after years of throwing the odd beer can or plastic bag in the garden, things escalated late last year until the garden became swamped in mounds of rubbish.

Despite several attempts from neighbors knocking at the house, Nicola says there was never an answer at the door for them to confront the couple about the issue.

The growing rat population quickly swarmed their gardens as well, leaving Nicola’s children, Leighton Green, 16, and Harry Green, eight, unable to use their own garden.

Nicola said: “They’ve just got no self respect at all. If that’s what the garden is like then I can only imagine what the inside of the house is like.







Nicola’s neighbors have now left the property and won’t be returning
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“The house is only four years old and they’re really lovely houses, but it’s just been trashed.

“I work quite a stressful job, especially with the pandemic, and then with that as well I can’t just come home to peace and my kids can’t go out in the garden.

“On New Year’s Eve we had to have our family dog ​​put to sleep because she had kidney failure.

“She became really poorly about six weeks before and I think it’s because of the rats carrying diseases, so it’s made me so angry to think that it led to that.

“It all made me want to move house. My last resort before that would’ve been to stop paying rent until it was sorted – a few of us neighbors discussed that.”

After reporting the issue to the landlord of the newbuild estate, Nicola claims he said there was ‘nothing he could do’ other than notify the tenants of the complaint and ask them to clear the garden.

When they failed to do so the mum contacted environmental health, only to discover that they had already visited the property twice following another neighbour’s complaint.

She claims they said as they hadn’t witnessed the rats themselves, it wasn’t considered an ‘urgent matter’ and so no action had been taken, allowing it to develop into an ‘infestation’.

But once she shared video footage of the rats scurrying around the adjoined gardens, the council department finally stepped in and instructed the landlord to ensure the mess was cleared.

After the tenants failed to dispose of the waste adequately for a further two weeks, she says the landlord was finally forced to intervene and clear the garden himself, as environmental health threatened him with a fine.

Nicola now says the tenants have left the property and the landlord has confirmed they won’t be returning.

Nicola said: “The tenant said it would be cleared by the Sunday about three weeks ago but it wasn’t – she’d just moved stuff around and all the rats were still there.

“Environmental health gave them another week to clear it up and then came again and saw it hadn’t been done and told the landlord they were going to fine them if it wasn’t cleared up.

“He came and cleared it up last Friday which was a relief and they agreed to put an extermination plan in place to get rid of the rats, but they haven’t yet.”

A spokesperson for Platform Housing said: “We are sorry to hear of this issue in Ollerton; ultimately, customers’ enclosed gardens are their own responsibility.

“Any issues should always be reported to the local authority who will send out pest control to survey the area and take action appropriately.”

A spokesperson for Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “The property is owned by a private housing association and we’re working with them, the tenant and the complainant to resolve the issue.

“We have been made aware of the rat infestation and we’ve asked the housing association to look into it.

“The responsibility lies with them but we do have powers to ensure they resolve the issue.”

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