Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Plea for homes after Fareham shelter gains 500 mice

An animal rescue centre has appealed for help in finding new homes for 500 mice after an "emergency admittance".

Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter in Fareham, Hampshire, said the 500 tame fancy mice had been seized from a property in Reading last week.

The owner was believed to have been breeding them for the pet trade, the shelter said.

The shelter said it had "bought, begged and borrowed" enough cages to keep the animals in temporarily.

'Great first pet'

The shelter relies solely on donations from the public.

Many of the creatures were put to sleep due to "skin infections and fight injuries caused by excessive overcrowded living conditions", fundraising manager Vanessa Eden said.

A spokesperson added: "If they are well taken care of and handled often they can become very tame and enjoyable.

"They are a great first pet for children. They have a life span of two to three years."

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