Bfn SPCA discovers ear mite problem at local pet shops

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The local SPCA recently discovered mice and rats with ear mite problems at local pet shops.

Recent inspections by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Bloemfontein have led to the discovery of ear mite problems among smaller mice and large rats at local pet shops.

It was discovered by the organisation that these rodents are being kept as food for customers’ snakes. Upon discovering the ear mite problem, the SPCA gave the shop owner(s) a warning that the mice and rats have to be inspected by a veterinarian. It has also been requested by the SPCA that the animals be treated for their ear mites.

“The mice would scratch themselves until they were raw because the mites irritate the ears.”

The animals were later inspected by a veterinarian and treatment was provided.

The organisation has also asked that community members should not support wildlife trade as those animals belong in the wild and not in captivity.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za