There was a growing uproar in one Westchester neighborhood where residents claim that a neighbor is feeding rats and causing an infestation in the area.
Erik Jakobsen and his wife Adriana moved into the area of Los Angeles two years ago and noticed the rodents right off the bat.
“It’s terrifying. These rats are everywhere,” Erik Jakobsen said.
He said that rats live in the house next door to his, but the homeowners don't seem to mind. When confronted, the residents avoided the whole topic, according to Jakobsen.
He and Adriana have been documenting the problem for months, and that living with the rats on a daily basis has been a big challenge.
“I walked out to my car and there was a beheaded rat body right next to the door of my car,” Adriana Jakobsen said.
The Jakobsen's neighbor said he's lived in the home for 35 years and the rats have always been there.
“We’ve seen raccoons in the backyard. … The rats are part of the urban landscape,” Larry Palkovic, the homeowner said.
Palkovic said he does have pet rats inside his home, among other critters. He believes the rats outside eat food he leaves out for birds, he said.
Other residents in the area have also complained about the rodents, but county officials said that feeding wild rats was not illegal, Adriana Jakobsen stated in an email.
A county health inspector who came to the home asked Palkovic to trim his trees and then closed the case -- but that did not solve the problem, according to Adriana Jakobsen.
“Our only option is to file a lawsuit against our neighbor and nobody wants to do that. We have to live next to these people,” Adriana Jakobsen said as a rat scurried down the side of her neighbor's house.