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02/23/2014 10:13 am ET Updated Feb 24, 2014

Dead Rat In Cake Ruins Man's 96th Birthday, Family Says

This put a real ro-dent in his birthday plans.

Family members of Joseph Vallenti, 96, say they found a dead rat in the man's birthday cake.

Neil Gold, who is dating Vallenti's niece, told ABC-7 that the family bought Vallenti his favorite cake for the celebration -- a German apple ring cake from King Kullen grocery store in Commack, New York.

Vallenti noted that the cake didn't "taste right." After eating it, he suffered from stomach pains and diarrhea, according to the New York Post. Gold investigated and says he saw what appear to be a rat's tail protruding from the confection.

"I flipped it over and saw the whole tail bleeding into the cake."

The tail was 5 inches long, Gold said, and he could also see what appeared to be the head of a rat, according to News 12 Long Island.

Gold's lawyer, Ed Yule, is asking the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets to investigate the situation.

The grocery store has released a statement saying, "Product has been removed from the bakery and the premises has undergone a thorough inspection. There are no known safety or rodent issues in this bakery."

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