Hundreds of pet rats rescued in Dayton

Associated press Published:

KETTERING -- Humane Society workers have rescued hundreds of pet rats from an apartment in suburban Dayton apparently left after the renter was evicted.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton found as many as 300 so-called "fancy" or "pocket" pet rats in the studio apartment in Kettering after responding to a complaint Thursday morning.

Humane Society official Sheila Marquis tells the Dayton Daily News the animals make great pets for children but breed rapidly if they aren't spayed and neutered.

The paper says the renter had been evicted and is no longer living in the apartment.

The Humane Society is working with a Cincinnati rat rescue group to try to have the animals adopted.

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