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San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats


Updated: October 17, 2019 09:22 PM
Created: October 17, 2019 09:08 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up - all 300 of them.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8.

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Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the seats and gnawed the engine wiring.

Capt. Danee Cook says the woman wasn't hoarding the animals - she'd started with just two pet rats. But rats can give birth every four weeks and produce a dozen in a litter.

Cook says the woman acknowledged things had gotten out of control.

Authorities collected about 320 rats, and more than 100 are currently ready for adoption.

The woman, meanwhile, has found a new place to stay.


(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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