And, keep in mind -- these are New Yorkers. They wear all-black ensembles and breathe grit every time they leave their tiny closet apartments. For New Yorkers to get worked up enough about vermin to make 24,000 rat-related complaints to a specific rat-related hotline, you know the problem is bad. One woman discovered a colony of roughly 200 rats in her local park, calling it "the Burning Man of rats," a title previously held by Burning Man.
Right now it's unclear if there are actually more rats, or if the rats are coming out in more force thanks to an increase in garbage left out over 2015's winter. Mayor Bill de Blasio has added an additional $3 million to the city's budget just to take care of them, which is a pretty astounding sum. As of right now, it's still not clear how much of that each rat will be receiving to migrate.
Considering how it's now two Pizza Rats for every pizza, probably not much.
So as adorable as Pizza Rat was, the pizza either gave it more fuel to nibble on the skin of a sleeping homeless New Yorker, or it was hunted down by a terrier. Either way, the situation is less Ratatouille and more Plagues Of Egypt-y.