You may already know that I have an irrational hatred of rodents, particularly mice and rats. That is why I can’t understand why this woman in San Francisco, who is on-again off-again homeless, would want to breed rats and release them in places where humans live and play.

A story on KTVU reports that health officials exterminated thousands of rats from a rooming house where she used to live. Let that sink in for a moment; thousands of rats in a rooming house. She has also lived under a bridge and in a park and always takes her rats with her. As to why she does it, municipal officials, who have a hard time keeping track of her, are circumspect, but it’s clear they think she is crazy. They also mention she gets kind of agitated when they try to take her rats away. The ones that are “domesticated” are adopted out; the rest are exterminated.