Residents of Yarmouth, MA are sick and tired of one woman with nasty outdoor pets. Instead of caring for a cat or a dog, she is feeding rats in her backyard, and they are creeping out the entire neighborhood! Yarmouth Health officials have had enough after a dozen verbal warnings, a cease and desist order and now a criminal complaint has been taken out to stop this lady from feeding hoards of rats with seeds and water daily.

It's a rat race, for sure. No one can persuade her to stop feeding the vermin that have burrowed in her back yard and now rely on her largess everyday. Rodents carry disease and her neighbors are up in arms seeing more and more of the long tailed critters every month!

Yarmouth Town officials say her relative owns the home and he too has tried to get her to stop feeding them, but it looks like she just doesn't give a rat's you know what about complying. So when this case goes to court in January, the town hopes the court will fine her as much as $500 a day for not ratifying…(see what I did there?)

Editor’s Note: Phil Paleologos is the morning talk show host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6am-10am. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.