Mother says rat infestation at Hunts Point family shelter has worsened
A mother says a lingering rat problem at the Hunts Point shelter has become so severe that rats run over her children’s toys and beds.
Sugeiry Terrero says she is fed up with the living conditions inside the family shelter.
“I hear rats in my tub,” said Terrero.
She picked up a cell phone Monday night from inside her apartment on the first floor of 1215 Seneca Ave. at Hunts Point, which shows the problem she and her children are having.
“He went around the whole apartment as if he was paying rent here, then he goes back to the vent,” explains Terrero.
The rat problem is more than just a household nuisance as it has become a health and safety issue for the mother of two. She says last month she saw a rat in her son’s crib.
“I saw the rat run away from my son on the ground to go where he came from. It’s outrageous!” remembers Terrero.
The 26-year-old ended up taking her 1-year-old to the hospital and is now awaiting her doctor’s results.
Terrero says rodents left feces on his sheets and ate in his groceries.
The shelter has 26 complaints filed according to the Department of Building’s website, but none for rodent issues.
According to the Department of Health’s rat portal, rodent activity on the property dates back to 2010.
The latest report shows the building’s passage in August of this year, which comes as a shock to other tenants at the shelter who say they often hear rats in their walls and vents.
As for Terrero, she says she is speaking out because nothing has been done to improve the living conditions of families here.
“We live in a shelter, but we shouldn’t be living in appalling conditions. Ultimately, we are humans,” Terrero said.
Terrero tells News 12 that after this story aired, she was transferred to another shelter.
News 12 has contacted the Department of Homeless Services, and they said in a partial statement: “Protecting the health and safety of staff and customers is our top priority… we continue to work closely together with customers to ensure their concerns are addressed as we continue to take the necessary steps to assess and prevent recurrence of any pest control issues. “