‘Rat man’ says ‘nature’ overwhelmed him – Yahoo! News
After that, Dier was hooked on the rodents, which he described as gentle, lovable and an endless source of entertainment. He later bought four more at the pet store â€” but didn’t think to spay or neuter them.
Last week, animal control officers discovered more than 1,300 rats in Dier’s small one-bedroom Petaluma home, after a neighbor complained about the foul smell. He was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The infestation at his home wasn’t Dier’s first encounter with a rat pack.
In 1963, his Culver City apartment was used as a hideout by two of three men who were later convicted of kidnapping Frank Sinatra Jr., son of the legendary Rat Pack crooner. Dier said he later served two prison terms for an unrelated weapons charge and armed robbery.
“I was just a young kid. I was mixed up,” he said.