Sydney's lord mayor orders ratcatchers to cull rodents over rare disease killing dogs

Clover Moore says construction boom has stirred up rats that potentially carry leptospirosis bacteria

Sydney’s council ratcatchers will double their efforts to thin a growing rodent horde that is potentially responsible for the deaths of seven dogs due to a rare disease spread by rodent urine.

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can kill dogs in 48 hours and is also fatal to humans, had never caused a canine death in New South Wales. But in the past three months there have been seven.

From today, we’re doubling the number of rat baits across the city, adding to a network of 430 existing boxes, to deal with an increase of rats in our city. pic.twitter.com/YL29hYFbsa

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Source: theguardian
Sydney's lord mayor orders ratcatchers to cull rodents over rare disease killing dogs