Rats abandoned at Salem thrift store

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Apr 28, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe


A thrift store in Salem, OR, received an unwanted donation in the form of more than a dozen rodents on Thursday.

Workers at the Willamette Humane Society Thrift Store discovered 17 pet rats inside a cat carrier left at the store this week.

Officials believe someone intentionally abandoned the carrier containing a mother rat and two litters of pups, one group of which was only about a week old.

Humane Society workers said there was no food or water inside the carrier.

The rats have been taken to the Willamette Humane Society shelter where some of the workers volunteered to take the rats home. Officials say the remaining rats will likely go up for adoption at organization’s facility in Corvallis.

It is illegal to abandon animals, even at animal shelters, according to the Humane Society. The offense is punishable by a $2,500 fine and even the possibility of jail time.

Anyone with information on who may have left the rats inside the store is asked to contact the Salem Police Department.

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