Some of you have read my previous postings regarding the lack of rule enforcement problems at the mobile home park I USED TO CALL HOME. (I sold my MH, and now live in a nice 2 story Cape Cod, in a lovely neighborhood, in town). Park owner/management allowed a tenant to keep multiple cages of rabbits, with used, piled up animal bedding, all over her lot. Complaints to said owner/management fell on deaf ears, and those complaining declined to call the authorities for fear of retaliation. Then, for whatever reason, she got rid of the rabbits and switched to breeding colonies of rats. Which went on for quite awhile until I was made aware of it and called the authorities. She and her animals were moved out and gone by the time anyone actually came around to check things out. Whether the authorities dealt with her directly or put heat on the park owner, I don’t know.
While she appeared to at least take care of them, and tried to catch the ones her kids let out of cages (rabbits and rats), check out this crazy scenerio that has just come to public light in Plover, WI. If you google “Rats in mobile home, Plover, WI” (which by the way IS NOT the mobile home park I lived in), how the hell could this go on for almost two years before someone took a copy of state statutes in hand, and took care of the problem. Over 200 rats in, under and around this woman’s mobile home, the humane society “was working on it” for over 8 months, the health department wasn’t aware? until the local cops gave this woman a ride home from somewhere and noticed the situation??? I can understand the neighboring tenants fear of retaliation and not calling about her, but from what I understand in my readings of the statutes, and the info. on this site---- as long as the park owner dots his i’s and crosses his t’s when doing evictions, she and her “pets” should have been gone long ago. The health department administers the licensing of mobile home parks in Portage County-----the scope of this problem makes it mindboggling to me that it went on for so long.
This and other problems makes me marvel at the apparent high tolerance to legal liability that some Portage County park owners, township supervisors, building code and health enforcement, and any other agencies dealing with MH parks apparently have. Considering some knew (the park owner, the humane society) and others should have known;–whose pockets would the lawyers have been targeting in case someone had suffered loss, injury or damage—i.e., a child was bitten, a neighbors mobile home burned down due to rats chewing on wiring, etc. Someone with a condemned mobile home and no money: or park owners, local governmental officials or the agencies who are supposedly administering the licensing of mobile home parks???