Rat-Infested Home Demolished In Beaver Co.

PULASKI TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Crews demolished a rat-infested home in Beaver County this morning.

The house, located in Pulaski Township, has been vacant since August.

Neighbors complained last week about the infestation.

“I am scared to death of them,” said Mary Juillerat, a neighbor. “Everything that moves in my house, I feel that it’s a rat. I can’t sleep; I haven’t slept for days.”

Pulaski Township Building Code Inspector John Clay said that when he went inside the home over the weekend he found hundreds of rats, filth, and dog and rat fecal matter.

“There were some rooms that I could not access because the material was chest high,” said Clay.

An exterminator placed rat poison in and around the home prior to today’s demolition.

Clay went back inside the home today for another inspection before it was torn down.

“We could hear them in there, but it wasn’t like when I was in there on Saturday where they were literally running all over the place, many dead ones,” he said. “I think we got the vast majority of them, so I think we’re ready to go.”

Crews had neighbors within a one-block area of the home evacuate as a precaution while the demolition took place. Firefighters doused the home in water to keep the dust to a minimum.

It took about an hour to tear it down.

Officials say the house is owned by Debi Adams, a Beaver Falls High School teacher.

She told Clay that with her husband’s illness and financial problems she left the house over the summer and everything inside including several dogs.

Since Adams agreed to have the house torn down, she will not be fined by the township. The dogs she left behind were turned over to the Beaver County Humane Society.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

  • Amy Engle, New Brighton

    totallly unexceptable, no matter how bad financial troubles were she could have taken the dogs to the humane society then. She should be fined, arrested but then you’ll never see the money anyway. What kind of person does this?

    • Mary Rossi

      my boyfriend was one of the crew that tore that house down today and he said that it was disgusting

  • Jeremy Saylor

    I agree with Amy. It’s time for tougher laws for animal cruelty. She’d be in prison if she left a kid in the house.

  • Patty

    So the township is letting her off scott free with no responsibility in this matter. Who is paying the contractor to tear the house down and clean up the rubble?The reason why she picked up and left is because the house was literally a filthy rat’s nest and uninhabitable. And how did it get that way – certainly not because she was an admirable housekeeper. Then to top it off, she just leaves the dogs to fend for themselves. This woman needs to be charged – at least with animal cruelty. Maybe someone can pay a visit to her new residence in six months – just make sure you take a shovel so you can enter the front door.

  • charlie

    This pig of a woman is a school teacher. She should be in jail

  • Jo

    Wow, these comments are really harsh. Walk a mile people, walk a mile!!

  • charlie

    Hey Jo, why don’t you walk a mile in her neighbors shoes

  • Tracey

    It seems she needed some help but maybe was embarassed to ask. Its a shame the dogs lived in those conditions I hope they will be alright. I would be anxious too if the property next to me had rats, but I can’t hate this woman for being preoccupied with a husband’s illness.

  • Tracy

    I agree with the comments being made. I can understand things getting out of control with the housekeeping especially with a full plate, but to abandoned the dogs is totally disgraceful. They were left as a feast to the rats. Only a heartless individual does such a thing. Given her situation, I am sure there would have been someone willing to help with the dogs. The dogs likely panicked after they were left and more then likely destroyed the house. I have dogs of my own and even if I went homeless, they would be with me. If there were dogs in that house and the neighbors knew it, shame on them too. They are just as guilty. If it were not for the rats, the dogs would have been left to die. I am sure the dogs were known as you would hear them barking. It is a shame that neighbors felt no concern for the dogs or their owner and openly
    expressed their anger , only after their own houses were threatened. I do think that not only Ms Adams, but her neighbors as well should face animal cruelty charges. The neighbors are accessories for not trying to help animals that they knew were abandoned.

    • Heather

      You have hit a nerve but I will refrain. All I can say is that you aren’t the one who is dealing with any of this situation so you don’t understand. Not once in the few months that I have been around this neighborhood have I ever seen that woman bring a dog outside. Not one sound came out of that house, not even when I was over there introducing myself to her. Had she asked for it everyone would have gladly helped with the dog situation. Unfortunately I left my x-ray specs in my other apartment or surely this whole mishap could have been avoided, sadly we can’t see through walls.

  • simon

    you people need to find something better to do, like go on to wtae.com. kdka is horrible

  • Bob

    Whole family is nuts….Place has been a dump for years

  • Leigh

    You guys don’t even know them. I knew the family. The were really sick people who needed help that I’m not even sure the best psychiatrist available could give them. I don’t think Debi knew completely what she was getting into when she married into that family. Imagine marrying into a family a step above the family portrayed in the original texas chainsaw massacre (without the killing and cannabalism of course) and see how sane you are after a while.

  • Leigh

    I’m not saying that it excuses anything that they have done. You really need to be less harsh about them until you know the entire story. Its a really sad ending to a really sad story of an extremely dysfunctional family that needed serious help. Nothing like this should ever happen.

  • Bev

    She went every day to ” take care of the dogs”. She dumped a 50 pound bag of dog food every day. How are the neighbors to know she was feeding rats also. She did eventually give one of the dogs away to one of the very neighbors who is getting blasted on here by some of you. When the problem was known it was reported.

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