FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Fruitport Township home-turned-animal rescue has less than 100 domesticated rats left inside and on its property, authorities said Friday.
The homeowner Dale Carr contracted crews who have continued animal removal work since Monday. Fruitport Township Supervisor Brian Wersham told FOX 17 News that Carr’s crew has removed between 700 and 800 domesticated rats in the past two days, and the infestation has “abated.” Licensed animal facilities and rescues across Michigan have taken these animals, Wersham said.
Last week, an exterminator used the Fruitport Township Fire Department’s thermal imaging and estimated up to 1,800 domesticated rats living inside the home’s walls. Wersham said there were likely between 800 and 900 domesticated rats in actuality.
At this point, the home is gutted: crews removed all drywall, insulation, appliances and other things leaving just the studs. As the homeowner continues to work with local authorities, Wersham said there are no plans to call in an exterminator. However, they are working with Carr to abide by the township’s dangerous building ordinance.
The Fruitport Township Zoning Board of Appeals is holding a public hearing to determine whether or not to revoke the variance that allowed Christine’s Critter Café Rescue to exist, that is scheduled June 22 at 8 p.m.