‘RatGirl’ Breeds and Releases Rats in San Francisco
Cherise Udell
June 13, 2014
6:02 am

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City officials have identified one possible part of the city’s problem – RatGirl.

According to San Francisco authorities, RatGirl, identified otherwise only as 43-year old Erica J., has been breeding and releasing rats for years throughout San Francisco. She first came to the attention of city authorities in 2011 when Animal Care and Control discovered her closet breeding program in a Minna Street residential hotel in the South of Market neighborhood.

“It was shocking. It was disturbing on a number of levels,” recalled Animal Care & Control Captain Denise BonGiovanni. ”The rats have actually burrowed into other people’s rooms. They can carry disease. They can carry parasites.”

Shortly thereafter the city was forced to exterminate “a thousand” rats from her room and the surrounding area.

“I believe that there’s a serious underlying mental health issue that needs to be addressed,” says BonGiovanni.

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Seems like it’s criminal behavior rooted in a mental illness. 

Have to get this person into treatment.

I’d be upset if she was in my neighborhood.

It’s a problem that needs a solution.

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