ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Animal control officials in Anne Arundel County have a message for rat owners: Please spay or neuter your rodents.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that Animal Control administrator Robin Small is pitching a sterilization plan for rats, gerbils and other small mammals normally left out of spay and neuter campaigns.

Small says the shelter recently had to deal with more than 30 abandoned rats. All the rats have been spayed or neutered by a vet who volunteered to do the surgery.

Although many pet owners don’t realize the rodents can be sterilized, Small said it can actually improve the animals’ health.
Rats reproduce very rapidly. It takes just a few weeks for a rat embryo to become a baby rat.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. hahaha says:

    A big improvement wouldcome from spay and neutering b lacks

  2. Sarah says:

    I breed fancy mice for health and showing.
    I agree that pets should be spayed surprisingly.
    Too many well intentioned people with very little information on how to breed responsibly are out there and you wind up with WAY to many pets to care for and too few people who would take them on.

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