It seems like every day there’s another story about an animal hoarder getting busted by animal control or the police. The sad truth is that most hoarders are people who truly think they are helping the animals, and we think this is an important enough issue that we’ve devoted space to discussing the causes and treatments of hoarding in past issues. A recent story I read, however, was different enough to catch my eye. In almost every case, it seems that cats and dogs are the victims, but in this case, it was pet rats who were overrunning the house. Authorities were set to poison the 100+ rats found at the Rochester, WA home of Michele Diller, 64, until a rat rescue group stepped in. RatsPacNW, from Seattle, is overseeing the rescue and so far have trapped 29 rats, including 10 babies.
Rats don’t always have the best reputation—that nasty rumor about them being responsible for the Black Death just won’t quit—but they do make great pets. I’m just happy that there are rat rescue groups to help this story have a (hopefully) happy ending.
Image via Flickr user Peter Kaminski.