MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — Volunteers responded to the Muncie Animal Shelter’s call for help after it seized more than 700 animals from a local man. The shelter put out a request on Facebook, saying it “desperately needed” volunteers to help clean and feed the rodent cages.
On Saturday, B & B Reptile Rescue and Education from Hamilton County took the fifteen reptiles, leaving only the seized mice and rats at the shelter. The alligator, snakes, lizards, crabs and frog will all be used for educational purposes.
“They’ll stay with us and they’ll be used for educational programs for elementary schools, high schools, police departments, fire departments, on how to properly handle big snakes,” said Bryan Bernadine with the rescue.
Volunteers at the shelter spent the morning cleaning out mice and rat cages, feeding the rodents and walking dogs who were already at the shelter.
Muncie Animal Shelter said it has been extremely busy with not only the seized animals, but also the animals already at the shelter. Many people in Muncie also donated money and supplies for the shelter, after officials said they would not be putting the animals up for adoption.
“Appreciate all the help that we’ve had, all the donations. We’ve had a lot of people donate stuff that we needed. Food, bedding, so forth. We just want to tell everybody thank you for all the help,” said Brandy Cox with the shelter.
The mice and rats will be going to a sanctuary in Hamilton County on Monday. All of the other animals have been taken to other rescues or shelters.
“I’m just glad we’re getting them all placed to where they can actually have a better home living,” said Cox.