A 19-year-old Aloha woman dumped 27 guinea pigs into a ditch because she didn’t know what to do with the animals, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
On Monday, sheriff’s deputies received a call from the Southwest Animal Hospital, reporting that someone had abandoned the guinea pigs. They were found in a drainage ditch at Southwest 205th Avenue and Baseline Road, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
Employees at the hospital told deputies that some of the guinea pigs had died, but most were still alive. It’s unclear exactly when the guinea pigs were left.
Deputies started investigating, and because the animals had tags, they were able to link them to 19-year-old Cecilia Diaz, Ray said. She was arrested Wednesday on accusations of first-degree animal neglect and animal abandonment.
Southwest Animal Hospital took the guinea pigs in and is caring for them, said Kate Brownlie, a receptionist at the hospital. Brownlie said between Saturday and Tuesday, nearly 50 guinea pigs were found, including some babies. An estimated nine guinea pigs have died.
The guinea pigs were first discovered Saturday, when a passer-by saw 13, she said. Two were dead, Brownlie said, and one died on the way to the animal hospital.
On Sunday, Brownlie said her friend went to check the area and found 27 more. Between Monday and Tuesday, even more animals were discovered. Some of the guinea pigs, she said, may have been born in the ditch.
Residents have delivered supplies to the hospital to help employees care for the guinea pigs. Brownlie said people are asked to call the hospital at 503-643-2137 to make sure the donations are appropriate.
They will be available for adoption.
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