Hundreds of Guinea Pigs Being Hoarded in Eureka, Alleges Letter Writer
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guinea pig hoarding, Eureka” you will see several articles about this situation on a number of reputable news sites. You can also contact the Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue for more information.To the Community,Why is one of the largest known guinea pig hoarding situations in America being allowed to continue, right in the heart of Eureka? It’s quite simple: Animal Control is not doing enough (if anything) to stop it.I’ve rescued many animals from different situations throughout my life, and never have I been as confounded as I am by this particular hoarding atrocity. The Los Angeles Guinea Pig rescue removed over 400 guinea pigs from this hoarder’s house last year, all females. This left over 300 males still at the house (we learned later that the guinea pig hoarder had, accidentally or on purpose, kept some females and allowed them to start breeding again after the rescue took place). After they gave birth, the rescue agency reports that there were over 1600 guinea pigs total. This is costing the agency approximately $50,000 a year, including medical care and the barn they have to rent for all the pigs to be housed. Even after all of that, the guinea pig breeding and hoarding has not been stopped. If you search “
A memorandum about this situation went out last year to several prominent community members of Eureka. Photographic evidence of the state of the guinea pigs was provided along with the memorandum.
The animals at this house suffer from various injuries without receiving proper medical care. Most are undernourished because their diet consists of bread, potatoes, and some hay. Not all of the guinea pigs have constant access to fresh water. Most have either ringworm, scurvy, and/or mites, the latter of which slowly eat away at their bodies because they are not properly treated. I have seen all of this with my own eyes. This is not because the guinea pig hoarder is a bad person. It’s because several hundred guinea pigs are simply too many for any one person (or family) to take care of. It would also be financially impossible for one person to keep this many guinea pigs healthy unless that person was quite wealthy and had the help of veterinarians and care providers.
When I first started working with the guinea pig hoarder, I helped him relocate a total of 56 guinea pigs. He has saturated the entire county (and surrounding areas) with way too many guinea pigs. Once I realized he had no intention of stopping the breeding process, I stopped helping him relocate the animals. I still have 12 at my house which I care for, and let me tell you: taking care of 12 guinea pigs takes all of my spare time. It is also extremely costly; from the vet bills to the hundreds of cups of fruits, vegetables, hay and guinea pig pellets this group of mine consumes each month. People think I’m crazy when I tell them I have 12 guinea pigs. So why is it ok for one person in Eureka to have hundreds and hundreds of them??
If anyone has suggestions on how to encourage Animal Control to actually do something about this, I would be most grateful. My secret fear is that Animal Control doesn’t give a flying fig about these pigs, and that is the real reason nothing is being done to stop the hoarding, malnutrition, disease, and general neglect. Please call Animal Control at (707) 441-4060 and ask what is being done about this situation. You will probably have to leave a message, but most people who call animal control in Eureka have difficulty receiving a call back. My suggestion is that you ask to speak with whatever sergeant is on duty at the time instead of leaving a message.