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.

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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.

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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.

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