Woman claiming she found a rat sewn into her dress sues Zara

She says she smelled the remains while sitting in her office

Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara is being sued in the US after a customer allegedly discovered parts of a dead rodent in a dress that she purchased from one of its stores.

Cailey Fiesel has filled a lawsuit which says that the dead rodent was sewn into the hem of a Zara dress.

“While at work, she started to notice a disturbingly pungent odor and was unable to identify the source ... Despite getting up from her desk and walking around, she was unable to escape this odor," the court filing reads.

"As the day went on, Ms. Fiesel started to notice what felt like a loose string from her dress rubbing against her leg ... without giving it much thought she reached down with her hand to try and locate the piece of string that was rubbing against her.

"To her utter shock and disbelief, as she ran her hand over the hem of the dress she felt an unusual bulge and suddenly realised that it was not a string that was rubbing against her leg but was instead a leg rubbing against her leg. The leg of a dead rodent that is," legal documents seen by NY Daily News state.

Images included in the legal papers

"Ms. Fiesel jumped out of her chair in shock, people surrounded her desk to see what the commotion was while Ms. Fiesel was paralysed with fear, she then ran to remove the dress [...] After removing the dress, she found that a dead rodent was sewn into the hem," the suit added.

Adam Deutsch, who is representing Ms Fiesel said, "It’s disturbing [...] It clearly comes from a lack of oversight in terms of what they're putting on their shelves."

"As a result of Zara's negligence in manufacturing and selling a dress to Ms. Fiesel with a dead rodent inside, Ms. Fiesel has sustained significant personal injuries and emotional distress [...] She formed a large rash that was diagnosed as a rodent born disease," the lawsuit claims.

Zara issued the following statement to Newstalk:

"Zara in the 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 ironing. We are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements."