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Neighbors worry about cat, rat-infested house

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Neighbors in a local community have complained to the city about a house they say is infested with rats and cats.

Now the city is trying to help the owner deal with the problem, which might not be resolved any time soon.

"I understand why he doesn't want to move, but his house is falling down and it needs to be taken care of," said Tina Clark, who lives next to the house on Sherman Street in Bay City.

The historic house is in need of major repairs, from the roof to the porch.

Clark says the owner, an elderly man who has lived in the house for decades, also has a liking for stray cats.

"He's got a lot of them inside, and them he feeds a lot outside," explained Clark.

Some neighbors have even complained about the smell and the condition of the house to the city. City officials say they've sent the owner numerous notices over the past several months, but they still have yet to hear from him.

"We need to make contact with the owner and see what his wishes are," said James Galford, with Bay City's Code Enforcement Department.

Galford explained that this is a sensitive matter and that they really want to help the man who owns the house, which if it were vacant would be on the verge of being demolished.

"We want to help him resolve his issues, either to improve his property, or to, if necessary, find some alternative housing that is more suitable for him," said Galford.

He says they will continue to reach out to the owner and hope he has a change of heart.

Galford continued, "It's a very patient game we have to play at this point."

Neighbors are hoping something happens sooner rather than later.

"If the house is falling down, I don't want to see nobody get hurt," said Clark. "So yeah, I would like for it to be gone. I feel sorry for him, but if it's got to happen, it has to happen."

City officials say the house has been in the owner's family for decades. They say he lived there with his mother until her recent death.

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