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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Rats infest Centralia home, bite dog

The Associated Press

CENTRALIA — A Centralia homeowner keeps a clean yard and doesn’t know why rats have overrun the property this fall.

Joan Lankow and her husband have trapped many rats and their dog has killed a few — nearly two dozen  in two months. They’ve never had a rat problem like this in 40 years at the home.

One of her dogs, a 1-year-old terrier named Reba, was bitten by a large rat in the garage. The vet counted 18 puncture wounds.

Lewis County Code Enforcement Supervisor Bill Teitzel told The Chronicle he’s puzzled by the onslaught. Exterminators say rats may be looking for a warm place as the weather turns cooler.

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