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Adorable Trio, Serious Message

September 28, 2018

These three guinea pigs were left in a shoe box at Shedd Park earlier this week. Photo courtesy Lowell Humane Society Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LOWELL -- Tim Tyson was walking his dog Ruby when he stumbled upon a box. He nudged it with his toe. Something rustled.

The 61-year-old Lowell resident bent down, opened the box and, inside, discovered three guinea pigs.

“I opened the box and they were all three huddled in the corner of the box scared to death,” he said.

He picked up the box and brought it to the Lowell Humane Society.

“I just didn’t want to see them suffer,” Tyson said.

With the cold weather approaching, this small gesture has spurred the Humane Society to remind the public how important it is to not leave animals unattended in boxes, tied up outside or left alone.

The three Peruvian guinea pigs found in the box are female and under four months old. One is the mother and the other two are her daughters, according to Crystal Arnott, communications & fundraising manager for the organization.

They will be held on extended pregnancy watch since staff at the Humane Society don’t know if they lived with males, Arnott said. If one or more are indeed pregnant, then Arnott said they would have to wait until after the guinea pigs’ babies are weaned from their mothers to then be put up for adoption. The three guinea pigs will be heading soon to foster care.

“It’s really disappointing knowing that people would just abandon a pet when we are a resource right here in the community,” Arnott said. “It would be really easy for people to come to us and ask for help.”

Arnott said the most important thing she’d like the public to know is the Humane Society never wants to see someone abandon their pet for any reason.

“There’s no fee to surrender their animal to us. We appreciate a donation but it’s never required,” she said.

She added that the Humane Society can also provide assistance to families so they can keep their pets, such as help through a food pantry or medical referrals.

“We don’t offer medical care through our facility, but there are other organizations in the region that we can refer them to,” she said.

Reporter Elizabeth Dobbins contributed to this report.

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