Boston Animal Rescue League Gets Hundreds Of Rodents

One of the mice turned over to ARL Boston last week. Photo: ARL Boston

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — All of a sudden, the Boston Animal Rescue League has a lot of pet rodents to give out. The organization said it received about 360 of the animals last week.

The rodents — which include one chinchilla — were surrendered by a pet shop that had its state license revoked.

ARL Boston Spokesman Mike DeFina said the problem was that the rodents just bred too fast for the store to keep up. The organization usually only sees rodent surrenders of a dozen animals at most, so the number of rodents turned over is out of the ordinary.

DeFina said rodents are often mis-sexed at pet stores, which leads to population booms. Some of the animals will be up for adoption, but DeFina said the organization hasn't had any applications yet.

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