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What happened to the van full of 78 adult and baby rats found


The San Diego Humane Society has uncovered a disturbing incident leaving you in disbelief. A press release dated June 6, 2023, revealed that they had found 78 rats living in squalor inside a stalled van. The rats were not only confined in the seats and dashboard but were also kept in dirty terrariums. It's hard to imagine how these defenseless animals could have lived in such deplorable conditions.
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Humane Officers have identified the owner of the van and the rats. It's a heartbreaking revelation that the owner had fallen on hard times and could not provide for the animals' basic needs. Consequently, the owner agreed to surrender all the animals to the San Diego Humane Society. However, officers have decided not to file any charges against her. 

Animals are vulnerable. They can easily fall victim to human neglect and cruelty. This incident serves as a reminder. The San Diego Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals, and they work tirelessly to rescue animals from such situations.

Lt. Regina Price with SD Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement expressed her sadness about this situation. It's a tragedy that these rats endured such suffering due to human negligence. 

At the San Diego Humane Society, the rats are now safe and receiving medical attention, food, and clean water. They are undoubtedly relieved to be out of their previous living conditions. It's reassuring to know that there are organizations like the San Diego Humane Society that can step up in times like these to protect animals from harm. Hopefully, this incident will serve as a wake-up call for everyone to take better care of their pets and other animals around them.

The San Diego Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that works toward the welfare of animals. They assist anyone who needs help caring for their pets. Whether it's a medical emergency or general care, the Humane Society is always ready to lend a helping hand. If you're unsure how to care for your furry friend, you can always contact them for advice and guidance.

If you see any animal cruelty or neglect in your neighborhood, it is essential to report it to the San Diego Humane Society. You can do this by calling their hotline at 619-299-7012 and pressing 1 to report animal abuse. The Humane Society takes these cases very seriously and works with law enforcement agencies to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

The San Diego Humane Society also takes in abandoned and stray animals. Recently, they rescued a group of rats found in an abandoned apartment. After being vaccinated and medically cleared, these rats will soon be up for adoption at the society's campuses in Escondido, El Cajon, Oceanside, and San Diego. Rats make excellent pets, and if you want to learn more about why they're such great companions, you can visit the society's website.

San Diego Humane Society is open for walk-in adoptions Tuesday – Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at its campuses in Escondido, El Cajon, Oceanside and San Diego. Visit to view animals available for adoption.

Watch the video from the rescue below.

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