A Calgarian has stumbled upon a dead rat in the southeast community of Auburn bay.

The city says the rodent was collected by a bylaw officer after a resident found the rat near his property.

The Animal & Bylaw Services Department suspects the rat is an escaped pet, but officials have been unable to confirm that.

No other evidence of rat activity has been found in the area.

The neighbourhood will be monitored on an ongoing basis until bylaw officers are satisfied there are no further rats.

This comes as crews are catching and killing dozens of rats found at a Medicine Hat landfill.