The Vigilante Group Of New Yorkers Who Hunt Rats At Night (HBO)

The Vigilante Group Of New Yorkers Who Hunt Rats At Night (HBO)

Rats aren’t only a part of New York City’s underground — they’re an inseparable part of its pop culture. There’s Master Splinter from the Ninja Turtles, Pizza Rat, and even Cannibal Rat. But for every celebrity rat, there’s another 250,000 to 2 million anonymous rodents living in the city — and the city health department is fighting to bring down.

The battle can be deadly. Last year, three people in a Bronx city block contracted leptospirosis through rat urine. Only two survived.

To combat the problem, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a $32 million initiative to rid New York of its signature rodents, concentrating on hyper-infested areas that the city describes as “rat reservoirs.”

Multiple city agencies are currently focusing their efforts around public housing buildings, where they plan to replace dirt basement floors, block passageways and amp up trapping, baiting and poisoning efforts.They also apply dry ice to the rats’ burrow systems, effectively suffocating them as the carbon dioxide gets released while the ice melts.

But if all else fails, a small group of dedicated rat hunters are ready to step in.

When dusk settles, Richard Reynolds and his vigilante rat hunters known as “The Ryders Alley Trencher-Fed Society” — or R.A.T.S for short — roam lower Manhattan’s streets and dumpsters, keeping their dogs’ instincts sharp and the hunting tradition alive.

In the three decades Richard has been hunting rats with his dogs, he says he must have killed thousands of rats. But he doesn’t really keep track.

A hunter through and through, he only counts the ones that get away.

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50 Comments

  1. Hamza B on January 9, 2020 at 8:40 am

    didn’t knew those cute little lap dogs could be such killing machines

  2. Waseem Malik on January 9, 2020 at 8:41 am

    People: "Stop with animal abuse"
    Also people: "Lets kill some rats and have fun"

  3. lee ale on January 9, 2020 at 8:42 am

    When the dogs caught the rats i immediately said good boy 😭.

  4. Amar Ramdial on January 9, 2020 at 8:42 am

    🤟🤟😋😋💚💚👍👍✌️✌️☺️☺️🥰🥰

  5. john tran on January 9, 2020 at 8:42 am

    How come i never seen rats in most citys but when i go to new york, chicago or new jersey i see them. Big juicy ones. I mainly see mouse the smaller ones. Anything special in NY where they are so big lol

  6. SmallBodyNick on January 9, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Bring Mink man aka Joseph Carter, most badass guy, seriously search him up on YouTube

  7. Tobin Prowant on January 9, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Do you need a hunting license to hunt rats?

  8. Nolajp on January 9, 2020 at 8:44 am

    What a cesspool it’s a shame people just can’t have a pellet rifle there. Thousands of rats could be killed. But in NYC they would put you in prison for that. SMH

  9. ireact on January 9, 2020 at 8:46 am

    New york is full of rats.

  10. chubphucka on January 9, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Wanna get rid of rats? – Go to the White House

  11. Rdf1 G on January 9, 2020 at 8:48 am

    My dog dont even listion to me

  12. Basia Rozbiecka on January 9, 2020 at 8:49 am

    poor babies :(((

  13. Tol Tol on January 9, 2020 at 8:50 am

    😂😂😂😂

  14. Rodrigo on January 9, 2020 at 8:52 am

    0:20 Me and the homies in Iran when we see a big booty Iranian Soldier laying dead

  15. Mee Chee on January 9, 2020 at 8:53 am

    PETA, close your eyes 🙈

  16. Neida Leal on January 9, 2020 at 8:53 am

    He was totally being ignored 😂

  17. pixi dust TARA on January 9, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Becareful for rabies

  18. A Bit Of A Pickel on January 9, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Meanwhile ground hogs and other "rats" are getting blasted

  19. Grady Malachowski on January 9, 2020 at 8:55 am

    How do their dogs not get diseases?

  20. the real donald trump on January 9, 2020 at 8:56 am

    PETA JOINT THE CHAT…

  21. Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler on January 9, 2020 at 9:01 am

    When I lived in Chinatown you could literally kick any garbage can at night and average 1.4 rats would pop out

  22. Jahseh Onfroy on January 9, 2020 at 9:01 am

    They chasin suckas down

  23. Kelly Slingerland on January 9, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Straight handling em, laying on the ground and shit.
    Hard pass

  24. P Smith on January 9, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Wow….. those rats are huge

  25. Chad Spence on January 9, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Totally ignored on not wanting the duct tape lol

  26. Lalthla Muana on January 9, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Come to Mumbai… Rat is everywhere

  27. Dave Rose on January 9, 2020 at 9:05 am

    This is stupid.. its 2020 can we just genetically breed a rat that wud be sterile and when they inter breed the others become sterile as well

  28. VICE News on January 9, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Rat sightings have reportedly exploded in New York City, according to the New York Times. http://bit.ly/2W1K3iU

  29. Joan Witscher on January 9, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Dang those things are big big rats get them get them🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾👈

  30. Mikhail Angel on January 9, 2020 at 9:09 am

    no gloves?

  31. Fool Slayer on January 9, 2020 at 9:13 am

    This is much more environmentally friendly than using poisons and it keeps pets and pet owners active. I see this as an absolute win. Hopefully more people get into rat hunting.

  32. NamDuckJoon._. on January 9, 2020 at 9:17 am

    It’s smart for them to have there dogs attack these rodents but do they even clean there dogs mouths afterwards ??
    😅😐

  33. Golden Boy on January 9, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Can’t the dogs get sick from biting the rats

  34. Mr Frieza on January 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Teikashi 69 be like 😭 my babieeeeees 😭😭😭

  35. Irish Gangster on January 9, 2020 at 9:20 am

    "Release the hounds" – Mr burns.

  36. Mad Dawg on January 9, 2020 at 9:20 am

    White ppl are out of there minds😨

  37. Joan Witscher on January 9, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I love the rat dogs keep up the good work people and doggies

  38. Myles Deeype on January 9, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Ferrets and minks are the best rat killers

  39. Joan Witscher on January 9, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Good crunch good crunch doggy👍🐾🐾

  40. Capricorn Love on January 9, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Dogs get health benefits

  41. James Postle on January 9, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Di Blasio is the biggest rat in NYC.

  42. kimberly cornelius on January 9, 2020 at 9:27 am

    My dog skip,Jack Russell wants a job he caught a squirrel.

  43. Monte Mojica on January 9, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Who was that man screaming at 0.13?

  44. Deepak Rana on January 9, 2020 at 9:29 am

    This is what you do…When you have nothing to do😂

  45. Np vols on January 9, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Gawd this guy is such a beta

  46. sir on January 9, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Imagine if one of the dogs come back with cardi b

  47. pixi dust TARA on January 9, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Dry ice? Damn

  48. Cesar Castillo on January 9, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Hungry Chinese people should do the trick

  49. BiggShawn on January 9, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I love NYC, even the rats have attitudes there.

  50. Donnie Darkko on January 9, 2020 at 9:39 am

    69 is their leader

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