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Residents: Englewood rats big enough to scare cats

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Rats as big as cats. That's the problem a woman in Englewood says she is battling in the yard next door and she says she can't get the city to do anything about it.

The underlying problem in this case is an abandoned home that has become a dumping ground for people's trash and because of that, a magnet for rodents. It has neighbors frustrated, and the city claiming there's nothing it can do.

It's easy to see why people living in the 7000-block of South Parnell are upset. All summer long they say people have tossed garbage in the backyard of this abandoned home, providing a perfect breeding ground for rats.

They're rats that Ruthie Shivers says, in some cases, can intimidate the cats.

"They're big rats," Shivers says. "There goes a cat right there. If that cat sees the rats, that cat will turn around and go the other way, cause the cats are afraid of the rats."

We waited and looked for rats, but did not see any by early evening. They come out much later, Shivers said, often running across her backyard.

The house, at 7047 South Parnell, has been abandoned for about 7 years she said. It's one of three right around her home.

Shivers said she has asked the city to do something to clean up the mess and is still waiting.

"I talked to my ward superintendent and he said they'll take care of it, but nothing has been done," explains Shivers.

We called the number listed on a sign on the home and no one called back. The listed website doesn't exist. Neighbors are getting fed up.

"What can you say? This is Englewood, I guess. Nothing is happening over here," says neighbor Ronald Coley.

FOX 32 spoke on the phone with 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer and he said because it's private property, the city can't just go and clean up the mess and there are many home like that, making it impractical for the city to clean up so many messes.

He said if residents are concerned they should work together to clean up the garbage themselves.

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