Edition:
United States
Pictures | Mon Aug 11, 2014 | 8:05am EDT

Rat catchers of New York

Merlin, a Border Terrier, stands by a dead rat which he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. The Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S.) is a group of enthusiasts who take their dogs out to hunt rats in New York City. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, stands by a dead rat which he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. The Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S.) is a group of enthusiasts who take their dogs out to hunt...more

Merlin, a Border Terrier, stands by a dead rat which he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. The Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S.) is a group of enthusiasts who take their dogs out to hunt rats in New York City. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
1 / 14
Bill leads his dog Paco, a Feist Terrier, through a vacant lot near dumpsters during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. Members of the independent group venture out on night-time excursions to allow their dogs to do what they do best: hunt and kill vermin. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Bill leads his dog Paco, a Feist Terrier, through a vacant lot near dumpsters during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. Members of the independent group venture out on night-time excursions to allow their dogs to...more

Bill leads his dog Paco, a Feist Terrier, through a vacant lot near dumpsters during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. Members of the independent group venture out on night-time excursions to allow their dogs to do what they do best: hunt and kill vermin. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
2 / 14
Merlin, a Border Terrier, hunts for rats in a dumpster as his owner Judy looks on, during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, hunts for rats in a dumpster as his owner Judy looks on, during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, hunts for rats in a dumpster as his owner Judy looks on, during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
3 / 14
Richard Reynolds (L), a founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, uses a flashlight to look for rats in a dumpster as Judy (R) and her Border Terrier Merlin stand by, ready to make a kill, during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Richard Reynolds (L), a founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, uses a flashlight to look for rats in a dumpster as Judy (R) and her Border Terrier Merlin stand by, ready to make a kill, during an organized rat hunt on New York's...more

Richard Reynolds (L), a founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, uses a flashlight to look for rats in a dumpster as Judy (R) and her Border Terrier Merlin stand by, ready to make a kill, during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
4 / 14
Judy stands by as her Border Terrier Merlin searches for rats during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Judy stands by as her Border Terrier Merlin searches for rats during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Judy stands by as her Border Terrier Merlin searches for rats during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
5 / 14
Merlin, a Border Terrier, chews on a dead rat which he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, chews on a dead rat which he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, chews on a dead rat which he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
6 / 14
Richard Reynolds (L), founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, stands with others during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Richard Reynolds (L), founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, stands with others during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Richard Reynolds (L), founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, stands with others during an organized rat hunt on New York's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
7 / 14
Catcher (R), a Bedlington Terrier, pulls on his leash during an organized hunt for rats with the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society in New York City July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Catcher (R), a Bedlington Terrier, pulls on his leash during an organized hunt for rats with the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society in New York City July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Catcher (R), a Bedlington Terrier, pulls on his leash during an organized hunt for rats with the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society in New York City July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
8 / 14
Catcher (L), a Bedlington Terrier, and Tanner (R), a Border Terrier, hunt for rats in a small park on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Catcher (L), a Bedlington Terrier, and Tanner (R), a Border Terrier, hunt for rats in a small park on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Catcher (L), a Bedlington Terrier, and Tanner (R), a Border Terrier, hunt for rats in a small park on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
9 / 14
A New York City Police patrol car passes as Richard Reynolds, (L) founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S) looks on and his Bedlington Terrier, Catcher, stands on a pile of garbage bags during an organized rat hunt in New York City July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A New York City Police patrol car passes as Richard Reynolds, (L) founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S) looks on and his Bedlington Terrier, Catcher, stands on a pile of garbage bags during an organized rat hunt in New...more

A New York City Police patrol car passes as Richard Reynolds, (L) founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S) looks on and his Bedlington Terrier, Catcher, stands on a pile of garbage bags during an organized rat hunt in New York City July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
10 / 14
Richard Reynolds, (2nd R) and other members of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S), hunt for rats on New York's Lower East Side in Manhattan July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Richard Reynolds, (2nd R) and other members of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S), hunt for rats on New York's Lower East Side in Manhattan July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Richard Reynolds, (2nd R) and other members of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (R.A.T.S), hunt for rats on New York's Lower East Side in Manhattan July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
11 / 14
Tanner, a Border Terrier, kills a rat during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Tanner, a Border Terrier, kills a rat during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Tanner, a Border Terrier, kills a rat during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
12 / 14
Tanner (R), a Border Terrier, kills a rat as Catcher (L), a Bedlington Terrier, looks on during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Tanner (R), a Border Terrier, kills a rat as Catcher (L), a Bedlington Terrier, looks on during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Tanner (R), a Border Terrier, kills a rat as Catcher (L), a Bedlington Terrier, looks on during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
13 / 14
Merlin, a Border Terrier, stands over a dead rat he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, stands over a dead rat he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Merlin, a Border Terrier, stands over a dead rat he killed during an organized rat hunt on New York City's Lower East Side July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Close
14 / 14

Next Slideshows

Smokey turns 70

The iconic bear, who has been the figurehead of the U.S. Forest Service's anti-fire campaign, turns 70 years old this year.

Aug 08 2014

North Korea's supreme factory leader

Kim Jong Un provides 'field guidance' to North Korea's factories.

Aug 08 2014

Hungry Ghost Festival

Believers in Asia offer food and incense to keep the spirits of the dead happy and bring good luck.

Aug 08 2014

Balloons over Bristol

Balloons fill the sky over Bristol, England for the International Balloon Fiesta.

Aug 08 2014

MORE IN PICTURES

Fiery protests in Greece

Fiery protests in Greece

Protesters clash with police following a rally marking the 44th anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against the military dictatorship that was ruling Greece.

Tesla unveils Semi and Roadster

Tesla unveils Semi and Roadster

Tesla debuts an electric heavy duty truck and new $200,000 sports car.

Delhi's toxic smog

Delhi's toxic smog

A thick cloud of toxic smog 12 times the recommended limit has enveloped India's capital New Delhi.

Kenyan opposition leader returns

Kenyan opposition leader returns

Kenyan police try to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi.

Best of the Latin Grammys

Best of the Latin Grammys

Highlights from the 18th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

Latin Grammy red carpet

Latin Grammy red carpet

Fashion and style from the Latin Grammy Awards.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Army takes control in Zimbabwe

Army takes control in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's military seizes power saying it was targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the country has known in its 37 years of independence.

Deadly flash floods in Greece

Deadly flash floods in Greece

A raging torrent sweeps through towns west of Athens after heavy rains, killing at least 15 people.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast