SPCA of Tompkins County

The local SPCA is seeking answers after discovering two large dumping incidents throughout the county over the weekend.

Anyone with knowledge is asked to come forward after two separate (but likely related, according to the SPCA) incidents were reported involving the dumping of a “large number” of rodents. The animals were dumped at two different locations: on Michigan Hollow Road in the Town of Danby, and on Caswell Road in the Town of Dryden.

In total, the SPCA stated in a press release that over 300 guinea pigs, rats, mice nd gerbils were recovered at the two locations, but that “many” of the animals were deceased by the time officers and others arrived on the scene. According to 14850.com, agency officials were able to save 213 of the assorted rodents, which are now being placed at safe locations.

The agency guesses the animals were placed there some time late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Those with information are encouraged by the SPCA to contact them to help with the investigation. The SPCA’s Humane officers can be reached at (607) 592-6773 or by email at investigator@spcaonline.com.

Director Jim Bouderau said the agency does not have many answers yet, but that they are investigating a few leads. Many of the rats have been found to be pregnant, he said, so donation supplies are welcome at gifts@SPCAonline.com.. 

The Dorothy and Roy Park Adoption Center at the SCPA of Tompkins County is open Friday-Monday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and Wednesday 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

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