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Dozens of rare guinea pigs found abandoned in parks in Austin

Driving along I-35 or using a public toilet in an Austin park, no one suspects that they will stumble upon a stray guinea pig, and even more so a rare one. Recently, however, the local non-profit organization Austin Navy Rescue received several notices of abandoned satin guinea pigs in the city, as far north as Round Rock and as far south as Buda.

“We now have over 20 guineas and most of them are on hold as we assess their health and await the birth of pregnant children,” AGPR president Elisabeth Frisch told MySA.

According to the AGPR, many of the animals are satin guinea pigs, so the organization believes the breeder is responsible for the number of guinea pigs found on the streets of Austin. The organization also believes that all guinea pigs can be related.

“In August 2022, we started noticing that we were being taken from local shelters and we were being called on the phone or via Facebook to capture piglets, guinea pigs with ‘satin’ DNA,” says Frisch. “It is rare and not even approved for sale in most pet stores because there is a disease called satin syndrome that affects many satins.

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