Animal welfare groups step in after 600 rats removed from North Bay, Ont. apartment
Some 30 rats are being cared for at the Peterborough Humane Society after the owner surrendered the rodents to authorities. (Harrison Perkins / CTV Toronto)
Published Saturday, December 24, 2016 11:12AM EST
Approximately 600 rats were seized from an apartment in North Bay, Ont. on Friday, after the owner of the rodents surrendered them to authorities.
A collective of various animal welfare groups, including SPCA centres and humane societies with the OSPCA Provincial and Animal Centre, are now working together to care for the rodents. Approximately 30 of the seized rodents have been transferred to the Peterborough Humane Society.
“Amongst all of our centres, we’ve been able to bring this large number into various facilities around the province,” said Andrew Fraser, executive director of the Peterborough Humane Society.
Fraser called the case unique in the “sheer numbers involved.” He also said that the Peterborough Humane Society is now in the process of getting the rats “adoption-ready.”
There is a gestation period for some of the female rats, Fraser said, “so we want to make sure that the nursing young ones and the pregnant moms get that special care and the attention that they need and deserve.”
According to reports, the owner gave up the domestic rats after complaints prompted investigations by various authorities, including the humane society and fire department in North Bay.
In a Facebook post, the Peterborough Humane Society said the rats in their care require supplies they “don’t typically have on hand.” They asked for donations of toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, rat food and kenneling and rodent water bottles.
They added that the rats will be available for adoption in the “coming weeks.”
Peterborough Humane Society added 2 new photos.
December 23 at 11:02am ·
RATS! Santa came a bit early to the Humane Society and delivered 25 rats into our care! 🐀🎅🏼
They require supplies we don't typically have on hand, so we would appreciate donations of toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, rat food, rat kennelling and rodent water bottles.
The rats are from a larger population that are being cared for by over 10 animal centres and humane societies with the OSPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre.
The rats are not currently available for adoption but will be available in the coming weeks! 🐀🐁