Sunday, July 2, 2006


‘Rat man’ says ‘nature’ overwhelmed him

`Dier, 67, said depression, loneliness, denial and a recent bout of flu and bronchitis kept him from maintaining control of the fast-breeding population.

“I did not set out to do this,” he told The Press Democrat. “I do acknowledge irresponsibility and there’s a case for laziness, denial, incompetence and just plain foolishness.”

But “it was not all my fault,” he added. “It was this force of nature that overwhelmed me.”‘

followup to Animal control workers discover house stuffed with rats.

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