NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Residents of a New York neighborhood said a man has been filling the area with vermin by feeding bread to the rats.
Deborah Gonzalez said she believes Frank Calzarano has been tossing the bread near her Stanton Street window on the Lower East Side because of complaints she had lodged with police, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
“He walks around the neighborhood at 4 or 5 a.m. with bags of bread,” Gonzalez said. “He shoves it down the drain or throws it over the fence in front of my window.”
Some neighbors said they have spotted Calzarano allowing rats to climb his leg to eat out of his hands.
Calzarano said he is not purposefully feeding the rats, but instead attempting to feed the pigeons.
“I got a good heart. There’s nothing wrong with doing it,” Calzarano said.