INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis woman says she called the Mayor's Action Line for help because the house next to her home has grass growing out of control.
Brandy Coleman is about 5'4", and grass in some areas of the neighboring yard reach her chest.
Coleman says all sorts of animals hide in the urban jungle next to her home on the 3200 block of Ralston --- including an animal that attacked chickens she and her husband were raising.
"They killed my chickens," Coleman said. "We wanted to start eating more natural and non GMO foods. They were supposed to start laying eggs in a couple of weeks."
Coleman, who keeps her yard manicured, says she called the Mayor's Action Line about the problem but nothing has happened.
"I have called them a couple of times this week and they said I was wasting my breath," Coleman said. "They said that it has already been sent to a contractor but their so backed up they can't get to everyone.
The Department of Code Enforcement spokesperson, Adam Baker, says the department received a complaint from Coleman May 2. Baker says city inspectors investigated and discovered the grass was taller than 12 inches.
Baker said a letter was sent warning the property owner to cut the grass, if not the city would hire a private contractor to get the job done and issue the owner a bill.
Public records show the owner of the abandoned property owes more than $11,000 in taxes and hasn't paid since at least 2007. T
Meanwhile, Baker says complaints for overgrown grass and weeds are up. Baker said the goal is to respond to requests within 15 days.
"I wouldn't say we are behind. We have seen record season for spring in rain," Baker said. "Last year we did a total of 16-thousand inspections. This year we have already done 12-thousand It has been a very wet season. We feel for the citizens and we are doing everything we can to make sure those yards are cut."
The city promises there will be a private contractor to mow the grass next door to Coleman's home within a couple days. The city's fee for cutting the grass is $353.
No one could tell 24-Hour News 8 at what point the city steps in to take over the property.
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