ANIMAL welfare officers were called to a Glasgow flat to remove 100 rats that were apparently all being kept as pets.

The SSPCA was called to a flat at 12 Commerical Court in the New Gorbals area after a complaint was received.

An investigation has now been launched by the charity to determine if any charges should be brought against the tenant for animal cruelty.

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The property is managed by the New Gorbals Housing Association, who said: "The tenant has been keeping pet rats, not wild vermin, and their numbers escalated over time.

"The SSPCA are removing the pet rats and the situation is now completely under control."

A spokeswoman for the SSPCA confirmed that officers had been sent to the property and added: "It is an ongoing inquiry and we cannot comment further."