Thursday, July 9, 2009

Humane society finds hundreds of pet rats in cramped Montreal apartment

By: Andy Blatchford

MONTREAL - Acting on a tip, humane society inspectors recently visited a cramped Montreal apartment where they discovered reptiles, rabbits, birds, dogs and cats living under squalid conditions.

They also found hundreds of rats. And the woman who was living with the little buck-toothed furballs?

Well, she was keeping them as pets...

Devine believes the woman displays the classic signs of animal hoarding, which can sometimes be connected to an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

She said inspectors found as many as 40 rats squeezed into cages designed to contain no more than four of the rodents, creating filthy conditions. The creatures had also been deprived of food and water.

"This was someone who had way too many animals for the care that she was giving them," said Devine, whose organization persuaded the woman to hand over close to 100 rats and a few rabbits.

"We're obviously happy that she did the right thing and gave up some of these animals, but we're hoping to be able to convince her to give up more in the near future."...More

Montreal SPCA rescues 93 rats from animal 'hoarder'