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1,000 Rats Rescued From ‘Hoarders’ House

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(credit: AP)

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SAN JOSE (CBS)  — About 1,000 rats are waiting at a San Jose shelter in hopes of finding a new home.

The Humane Society drove the critters up in an 18-wheel truck over the weekend from Los Angeles, where they were rescued from a home featured on the A&E reality TV show “Hoarders.” More than 30 volunteers and nonprofit staff helped move the rats into Andy’s Pet Shop, which agreed to temporarily house them.

Lauren Paul of the nonprofit North Star Rescue told the San Jose Mercury News that the previous owner’s daughter had brought home a pregnant rat one day and the litter began multiplying quickly.

The man’s neighbors called “Hoarders” producers after the rats began tearing apart his house.

Paul says she hopes rat lovers will come forward and give them a new home.

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