ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island antique shop was shut down Tuesday after officials found dozens of rats in the back room.
The SPCA removed more than 100 rats from the Ronkonkoma store.READ MORE: Syracuse University Scholarship Established In Honor Of Late CBS2 Reporter Nina Kapur
A nearby shop employee told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs the rodents weren’t your everyday rats and that the shop owner considered them pets.READ MORE: Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie
“I know he was very adamant about them being his pets. He was hugging them, and kissing them and loving them,” Mercy Elise said. “He loved his rats.”
She said there was a time when the owner had about 300 rats.MORE NEWS: FBI Doubles Reward For Information In Acid Attack On Hofstra Student Nafiah Ikram
“Some people have hundreds of cats in their house and they consider them their pets. He really considered these rats his pets,” Elise said.