Sinceshe moved in on October 16, rue du Val Saint Jean in Pithiviers, Stacey Berger is living “a nightmare” to use his own words. “As soon as I arrived, neighbors came to see me and told me about the problems of insalubrity”, explains the one who owns her house. Cats come and go in this sector. “And it’s not a recent problem apparently,” she says. Add to that the presence of rats…
The young woman, who is from the Paris region, was unaware of all this when she bought: “I knew that the house had been uninhabited for two and a half years. The garden was the virgin forest.” But that’s all.
Over the months, she discovered the pot-aux-roses. The problem “comes from the house adjoining mine. Cats breed there. The lady who lives there gives them food. And on top of that, there are rats. I tried to talk to him several times. But there is no communication possible. She told me they weren’t her cats, but she still feeds them!” (We did not manage to get in touch with this neighbor, editor’s note).
One day, the Pithiverienne claims to have found a rat in her compost. From time to time, she sees them walking around her house and has supporting videos to show their presence, especially in front of her neighbor’s house. “And they access my cellar because I found droppings there and there are odors. I don’t store anything in it and I avoid going in there,” she sums up.
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As for the cats, she regularly sees some stopping in her garden or crossing it: “Some are aggressive. So much so that I never leave my two dogs unattended in my garden. And my cat to me, I don’t let him out of the house. I rarely eat outside because with the high heat, I’m not even talking about the smells.”
At the back of this street, a path is closed. Only people who live in part of the rue du Val Saint Jean have access to it. Indeed, some cats are present there.
She intends to make a petition
A few days ago, Stacey Berger called for help on the Pithiviers, our town Facebook page. “I have several neighbors who have come to see me, contacted me. Some have told me that they understand why they have cat droppings in their planter and on their terrace.”
The town of Pithiviers is relaunching a campaign to capture and sterilize stray cats
Faced with this problem, she had contacted the municipal police of Pithiviers several months ago, who had come to the site, and the gendarmerie a few days ago. She also appealed to the Animal Protection Brigade. “And I intend to make a petition and have the residents of the area sign it.”
On the side of the gendarmerie, which involved an association of animal protection at the home of Stacey Berger, it is emphasized that “no criminal offense or act of ill-treatment has been observed“on animals.
On the side of the municipal police of Pithiviers, it is emphasized that this file is well taken into account. “Observations have indeed been made. Officers hadn’t seen any rats, but they had seen pictures. We tried to go see this lady next door but each time, we break our teeth. You can’t knock on the door or ring the doorbell. The gate is locked. Letters were sent by registered mail but without return. You can’t even act as a mediator. This is the crux of the problem”, laments Vanessa Moreau, number 2 of the municipal police. “We will try to get closer to state services, perhaps from the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations.”
Stray cats, a bigger problem
Beyond this particular problem, that of stray cats is much larger in Pithiviers. “It’s a real concern. We are aware of it. We hope to be able to stop it with our meager means”, advances Vanessa Moreau. “There are sectors more particularly affected: that of the hospital, of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.“A sterilization campaign is carried out once a year in conjunction with volunteers from 30 million friends. The association subsidizes half the cost of the operation. This year, around fifteen cats were captured to be sterilized, tattooed, chipped; last year, it was around 30. “We want to try to keep this pace every year to stop the problem, but they are proliferating quickly,” says Vanessa Moreau.
Regarding rats, deratting campaigns are carried out twice a year, in spring and autumn, by the municipal sanitation service on the entire wastewater network. Despite this, rats can stay alive. Since rat extermination is regulated by law, the town hall cannot, under any circumstances, provide rat poison products to citizens.