Lexington Neighbors Say Rats Pose Pesky Problem

It's in one of Lexington's most upscale neighborhoods.

But a house is now condemned, after becoming overrun with rats.

Officials first heard about the problem yesterday at the home on Glen Abbey Circle in the Andover neighborhood.

They say when they arrived, they found filthy conditions inside.

Officials with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department say several agencies, including theirs, were called to the house Wednesday.

Once there, they found rats had overrun it. That's because officials found piles of garbage inside, which the rats were using for food.

Officials are now working to clean up the house. But they're warning neighbors to look out for rats. They say once their food supply is gone from the house, they may run to nearby homes to look for food.

The health department is setting traps around the neighborhood, hoping to catch the rats.

The condemnation order means officials can do anything from cleaning up the mess inside, to tearing down the house.

Andover Hills neighbors met Thursday night at Crossroads Christian Church to address the rodent problem and to discuss ways to fix it. Many are concerned the pests may invade their homes if the rats aren't properly taken care of.

Members of the Fayette County Health Department were also on hand to offer suggestions on how to rodent-proof their homes and what agencies to contact should they have a problem.


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  • by jennie Location: tx on Sep 24, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    I do not live by this woman, i know a friend there and seen this, but all i have to say it this poor woman, people need to help her then talk trash about her, i know if i had to go threw what she has i would prob let my home go to, you see this home and think wow what a great home how can this happen, you never know till your in this womans shoes, stop and think if it was you, you would want help too, so stop running the mouth and help her. my thoughts and prayiers are with her.
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:47 AM
    I do not know this lady but since i live in Lexington i have hard a lot about this story.And all i have to say is this poor lady has been judged so much and i think people need to help her instead of hurting her.You people who live in Andover your not rich!!Its not Beverly Hills.Stop thinking about your self soo much!!And obviously she did not have money issues if she could live in a very nice home.She has gone through a lot in her life.Some people do not have the strength to go through what she has and i applaud her and her family.Leave the woman alone and stop judging until you have gone through everything she has!!
  • by Ts Location: Andover Res. on Dec 1, 2007 at 06:43 PM
    To Jason of Frankfort: Your a Rude Man, im a family friend of some one who wrote a comment on this who lives on that street. your pathetic, do you not have anything better to do than to drive to the " BIG CITY"to see a house? and you dont have a clue whether she helped. by the way im an average Joe who lives in Andover one street over from the house. (edited) P.S Every one needs to leave this poor lady ALONE
  • by A friend of the family Location: Lexington on Nov 6, 2007 at 08:42 PM
    just to let the station know if they need to contact me,(i didnt include my email with the previous comment) i posted the previous comment and will be looking foreword to seeing it on the site
  • by A Friend of the Family Location: Lexington on Nov 6, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    Imagine you have just lost your home. Now imagine that you have lost your home and everyone in Lexington knows. That situation in itself would be hard enough. To everyone here who has posted friendly and sincere comments, thank you. I have a few comments of my own. I have known the owner and her daughters for years now and they are one of the most amazing and inspiring families I have ever met and I feel blessed to know them. All I really want to do is remind everyone who is passing judgment that you never really know what is true and what is not. The media CONSISTANTLY does a wonderful job of inflating any situation that will attract attention, and in this case that is exactly what has happened. So please before you pass judgment just remember these are people just like you and me and they need nothing more than compassion and support.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    I knew the owner and her daughters for many years before I left Andover Hill. The owner is truly a very nice, giving woman who had the misfortune of being widowed early in life and then had the overwhelming responsibility of having to raise 2 young children alone -- something that is even more difficult to do in a town and a neighborhood where she had very little support. She sent her children to school and raised them the best way she can. Her daughters study and work several jobs as does their mother. I think that the neglect in this case encompasses more than a poor widow's inability to keep house in nice neighborhood. This is the culmination of years of neglect of the woman BY the neighborhood in which she lived in. Despite what is now being said, I know that very little support was truly given to this unfortunate family. If someone was truly concerned enough to extend a hand in the PAST, it is possible that this "circus" would have been avoided.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Nov 5, 2007 at 10:22 AM
    OK I;ve got an idea. Let's a bunch of us get together a few 6 packs, and a few .22 rifles and have a good old fashioned rat killin' at the dump! We'll make a party of it!
  • by Mom Location: KY on Nov 5, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    Well, at the risk of sounding stupid, I didn't know that Social Services couldn't do anything. This is truly a sad situation. And unless we have been thru it, we don't know what this family is going thru. They certainly need our prayers.
  • by kylady Location: KY on Nov 5, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    To-An Andover Snob-your post just made the point Jason was making,and what a whole lot of other people were thinking.While I understand you and your neighbors not wanting people driving up your neighborhood just to see the place,your comment-'And yes, I am an Andover snob and proud of it! Jealousy will get you no where.' makes the whole area appear like you,and I'm sure there are a FEW people blessed with money in the Andover area what does NOT feel the way you do about being a snob,and being proud of it.You need a reality check.It isn't about being jealous,it's about being a decent human being.Money isn't every-oh,wait,money probably IS everything to you.How pathetic!
  • by mel Location: lex on Nov 5, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    Wow, MEAN people :) I find it commendable if in fact there were residents of this subdivison who offered help to this lady. Somehow I'm kinda doubting it, but they sort of vaguely imply that someone did, so I'm gonna believe them. I do hope they weren't as quick to call her stupid when they rang her doorbell in all their goodwill as they have some of these posters. No one is immune to having ignorance, drugs, filth, or "skeletons" in their lives, no matter where you live or how much money you do or don't have. If you haven't been hit with any of this yet in your life, put your seatbelt on...you're running a collision course with it right now and you don't even realize it.

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