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Hollister Rescue
Hollister Guinea Pig Rescue (July 2, 2002) 187 guinea pigs were seized from a woman in Hollister on 7/2/02 by Animal Control Officers. She had been breeding them for 11 years. She "traded the babies to pet stores for food" -- presumably for money for food for herself (there were no other animals). They were housed outdoors, next to a trailer. The animal control officers found empty water bottles and empty food dishes and at least one dead guinea pig outside of the cages. As you can see, the technique used for cleaning cages was to throw new shavings on top of old shavings -- for a long time. In one cage, the pile of feces was so high, the hair on the backs of the pigs was poking through the rusted cage wire on the top of the cage as they walked along. The compacted feces and bedding was filled with maggots and worms and other gross stuff. HAC (Hollister Animal Control) also expects to find the carcasses of dead guinea pigs as they sift through the mountains of ancient bedding. The stink was overpowering. It took three HAC trucks to transport all the cages from the residence to the shelter. At the time of the seizure, she wanted her pigs back. And she wanted the officers to leave the cages and only transport them in small carriers. The pigs were supposedly fed rabbit pellets and vitamin C in the water. She has now officially surrendered the guinea pigs and we must find new homes immediately. As pregnant sows deliver, we expect the numbers to climb to 300+ guinea pigs very soon. Please visit the new HOLLISTER page for the latest information on the rescue and the status of the guinea pigs as well as how you can help.

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The worst one
A corner view.

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The worst one
View of the top living space. The hair on the backs of the pigs was poking through wire on the top of the cage.

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Another cage, top removed
End view of the dead bedding.

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Cage still on the truck
Pigs inside.

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Close-up, pigs inside
A closer shot, pigs are still inside, waiting their turn for a clean cage.

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Another cage on the truck
Almost all of these cages contained heavily pregnant females.

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Closer shot
The pigs were transported in their existing cages.

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Door close-up
Heavy rust.

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Door close-up
With pigs inside.

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Another cage

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And another cage

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Yet another cage

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Another view

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Closer view of cage with pigs
The pigs were hiding under the only 'structure' available to them in the cage, the metal food dish.

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Another cage

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