Pigeon waste takes over Syracuse apartment attic

From the street, it doesn't seem like there would be a problem. But, once you walk inside the apartment on Park Street in Syracuse, it's hard to imagine that there is a family living in these conditions.

"The place is so disgusting," says Frank Switzer Sr.

For the past 17 days, they've been living in an apartment with dead birds and bird feces.

"The smell was horrific. It was burning my eyes and my throat. I couldn't believe it," says Frank Switzer Jr.

When the tenants first moved in, they thought this door lead to a closet; only to find a disgusting mess.

When you walk up the stairs, there are feces, bird feathers and even body parts.

Since then, they've been calling the landlord, but most of their calls have gone unanswered.

"He kept ignoring the phone calls, ignoring the phone calls. Until we got a hold of his mother, who is the actual owner. And, she said, 'What do you want me to do about it?'" says Switzer Jr.

Since the landlord would not take action, CNYcentral did. We contacted the Onondaga County Health Department. In just a couple of hours, they were at the house.

The Health Department representative says they're sending a notice out to the landlord. He will have ten days to clean the place up.

Frank Switzer Jr. knows this is a health hazard and wants to protect his family.

"I'm just upset. I've got kids. I don't care too much about myself. It's them babies that I'm worried about. And it just has to stop. People like me have to stand up and say that this has to stop," says Switzer Jr.

"People shouldn't have to rent property like this," says Switzer Sr.

The Health Department promises to check on the property again after the ten day period to see if the pigeons have come back to roost.