Seizure of dealer’s 18K rodents called U.S. record

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A severely dehydrated rat found in a tub at the Lake Elsinore business, and the flooded warehouse where rats were stored. (PETA)
A severely dehydrated rat found in a tub at the Lake Elsinore business, and the flooded warehouse where rats were stored. (PETA)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released a graphic video showing conditions at a Riverside County animal dealer, prompting officials to embark on what they described as the largest rodent seizure in U.S. history.

Animal control officials have euthanized the entire inventory of an animal dealer, including more than 600 reptiles and 18,000 rodents.The flooded warehouse where rats were stored.

Authorities raided Global Captive Breeders after receiving information from a two-month undercover operation at the facility conducted by PETA.

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“It was the largest rodent seizure in the United States,” said Willa Bagwell, executive director of Animal Friends of the Valley, a private nonprofit agency contracted to provide animal control services to Lake Elsinore and other southwestern Riverside County cities.

The snakes were so emaciated that their ribs bulged out. Freezers filled with dead rats were also found.

Read more at latimes.com.

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