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Man Upset after Messy Lot Invites Critters into His Property

3 years 6 days 9 hours ago Tuesday, March 28 2017 Mar 28, 2017 March 28, 2017 9:52 PM March 28, 2017 in News

WESLACO - A Hidalgo County man said critters are coming out of the growing grass at the home next door.

Hidalgo County Precinct 1 resident Juan De Leon said the neighbors moved out months ago. Since then, the grass has been getting taller and taller.

He said he finally had enough when snakes started to appear.

“The snake. My dogs killed one of them. I killed another one behind my house,” he said. “It surprised me. I grabbed a machete and cut its head off.”

De Leon said the home next door has been unkempt for the past nine months. He said the tall grass has also helped fleas spread onto his dogs, Robbie and Cachete.

“They’re black, black with fleas,” he said.

De Leon said he called Precinct’s 1 office about a program that might help find a solution to his problem.

“I can’t go in because it’s private property. It’s posted,” he said.

Under the Nuisance Abatement Program, the county will send letters to the owners and let them know they need to take action. The county then gives the owner about two months to clean up.

De Leon joked the grass will be taller by then.

“After 60 days, Tarzan and Chita will be here. The brush will be big. They’ll ask, ‘Where is the neighbor? He’s hiding over there!’” he joshed.

Humor aside, De Leon said he’s looking forward to get the issue resolved.

We called Hidalgo County Precinct 1 to ask if the process started to clear up the grass next door. A spokesperson said a work order was opened.

The county will follow procedure and visit the location to verify there’s a problem. They will then notify the property owner.

If the owner doesn’t take action, they’ll do the work and send them the bill. 

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