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Friday, October 18, 2019
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San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats

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 Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman’s van near Del Mar on Oct. 8. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the seats and gnawed the engine wiring. 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. Cook says the woman acknowledged things had gotten out of control. Authorities collected about 320 rats, and more than 100 are currently ready for adoption. The woman, meanwhile, has found a new place to stay.

Escaped Alaska goat caught after 2 days with public help

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An escaped Alaska goat that eluded authorities for nearly two days was caught after a hunt involving requests for public assistance and sightings shared on social media, officials said. The goat was in the custody of Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control Tuesday night, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Wednesday. The male goat was reported missing Monday morning. Animal control officials asked the public to contact a law enforcement phone number in a social media post that was shared more than 500 times. Two state troopers transported the animal after the goat was caught by people near a road “jumping into traffic and causing some concerns,” said Ken Marsh of the Department of Public Safety. “We definitely couldn’t have done it without the help of the Samaritans,” Marsh said. Fairbanks animal control operations manager Sandy Hill could not confirm the location or exact time of the goat’s capture. “They left him in the drop-off cages last night,” Hill said. “We were able to get him into his little pen and get him his breakfast this morning.” Facebook users who followed the chase updates named the goat Curry.