The Pike County Health Department, along with several partners, have been working to abate a rat infestation in an unnamed McCarr neighborhood.

Pike County Public Health Director Tammy M. Riley said Friday that the first calls she received on the issue were taken before Christmas and involved a rat infestation at a private residence which was spilling over into nearby residences.

While she said a formal complaint on the matter was never received by the department, Riley added the health department went into action anyway and began partnering with other agencies and organizations, including the Kentucky Department of Public Health to seek out a resolution to the matter.

“We’ve gone over and above what is required,” she said. “We’re doing everything we can to work on it.”

Riley said that if anyone else has an issue with a public health nuisance such as this, they’re encouraged to go through the process of filing a formal complaint.

“Anyone can come in and file a complaint,” she said.

The complaint process, she said, occurs at the health department’s office at 119 West River Drive, Pikeville. For further information, call, (606) 437-5500.

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