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197 Guinea Pigs Rescued from Bridgeton Hoarding, Many Pregnant

The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter (SJRAS) is facing an urgent matter after 197 guinea pigs were rescued from a hoarding situation in Bridgeton. According to the shelter, Bridgeton Animal Control was called to the scene on an unrelated matter. It was then responding officers discovered dozens of them living in makeshift pens inside two sheds. [caption id="attachment_122957" align="aligncenter" width="240"] South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter[/caption] Guinea Pigs Found in Poor Condition The guinea pigs discovered were filthy and in bad shape, covered in layers of urine and feces. All the rodents rescued had "urine scalding" on their feet. Urine scalding is an infection of the skin that causes inflammation and removal of fur. 4 guinea pigs were unfortunately found dead. Many more of them were discovered sick. The Atlantic City Critters Rescue is looking to secure funds, adopters, and fosters to help aid and rehouse them. The SJRAS is in urgent need of supplies. Upon rescue, it was discovered that many of the females were pregnant, adding to the severity of the matter. According to the Merk Veterinary Manual, a guinea pig litter can range in size from 1 to 8 pups. It is most common to find a litter of 2 to 4. The manual also says when females are about the give birth, any males near gather around and try to become the dominant male. At this time it is unclear how far along the pregnant females are or how many females were recovered in the rescue. As of now, over $2,6oo has been raised to help with the rehousing of the animals. At this time, it is unclear who the previous owners are and what charges will be brought against them.

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