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City's Inaction Leaves Residents Fending off Raccoons, Possums and other Furry Varmints

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Julia Sloan has had this awful view from her back porch for as long as she can remember.

"We just don't look back there very much," Sloan said. ""And we hardly ever sit out on the porch unless we sit out and look out towards the street."

This is what Sloan looked like back in 2004.

That's when she first contacted us about all the bees swarming from the abandoned house.

"There's rats, mice and you know if there's mice there's got to be snakes," Sloan told Fox 26 in 2004.

And rats. Big rats.

"As big as a cat," Eve Jordan said.

Here's Eve Jordan back in 2004 telling us about the rats as big as cats.

"We even take stuff and throw at them so they won't come in the yard," Jordan told us in a 2004 interview.

Here we are now in 2013.

"But this still remains the same," said Jordan. "Worse now."

Now possums and raccoons have taken over the empty house.

A possum with a baby on her back came dangerously close to coming inside this house through the doggie door.

Imagine how much fur would fly if the mama possum and these two little dogs crossed paths.

"I hate to even think about it, it could have been pretty bad," said Curtis Woodard.

And pretty bad hardly describes what these folks have had to live near for as long as they can remember.

The city has a documented history of complaints about this house.

In fact a repair or demolish order was signed by the city's neighborhood protection division on July 24 1995.

Neighbors say they do see a city employee at the house from time to time.

"Ever now and then a little pink slip will show up on that front door," Sloan said. "Next thing we know the pink slips' gone and that's it."

According to public records the owner lives here.

That doesn't seem possible unless the owner is a raccoon, possum or some other kind of furry varmint.

"If the mayor was here I would say would you live in an area like this," Jordan said. "I don't want to cuss but it's at that point, you wouldn't live in this, you wouldn't."

Residents are at their wits end and can't understand why the city won't do more about this critter hotel from hell.

"At this stage of the game I just don't think anything is going to happen to it," Sloan said.

"That's why I called you," said Jordan. "Because I need help, we need help in this area."

The city's neighborhood protection division is now researching and a spokesperson assures us they will get to the bottom of this.

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