Woman says retailer sewed dead rat into hem of her dress

NEW YORK (NBC News) — A Manhattan woman has filed a lawsuit against a clothing retailer after allegedly finding parts of a rodent in a dress she purchased.

Court documents filed against Zara’s in Greenwich, Connecticut, have photos that appear to show part of the rat’s leg sewn into the hem of the dress.

According to court papers, Cailey Fiesel, 24, suffered emotional distress and was diagnosed with a rodent-born disease after wearing the dress.

She says she wore the dress the first time in mid-August and began noticing a “disturbingly pungent odor” but couldn’t figure out where the smell was coming from.

Later, she said she felt something that felt like a loose string from her dress rubbing her leg. When she reached down to try to find it, she discovered the rodent. Fiesel is seeking unspecified damages.

The retailer released the following statement:

Zara USA is aware of the allegation and we are investigating the matter further. The brand has stringent quality controls and health and safety standards worldwide that are followed and met in manufacturing, including stitching and pressing. We are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements.”

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