Woman Living In Van Gives Up All 300 Of Her Rats

Associated Press
October 18, 2019 - 11:41 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them.

The San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8 after she reached out to them for help.

San Diego Rats
San Diego Humane Society

"Her pet rat population had gotten out of control and she wished to relinquish all of her animals so they could find good homes," the group said.

Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the seats and gnawed the engine wiring, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Some of the rats were newborns and others looked to be about a week old.

San Diego Rats
San Diego Humane Society

Capt. Danee Cook says the woman wasn't hoarding the animals — she'd started with just two pet rats. But rats can give birth every four weeks and produce a dozen in a litter.

Authorities collected about 320 rats, and more than 100 are currently ready for adoption.

San Diego Rats
San Diego Humane Society

The woman, meanwhile, has found a new place to stay.

The Humane Society says rats make great pets because they're social, smart and love to interact with people. They eat pelets, veggies and fruit and they stay clean by grooming themselves like a cat several times per day.

WCBS880.com contributed to this report.