TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) — Hillsborough County Animal Control is trying to find out who dumped dozens of guinea pigs near a Tampa Walmart.
Around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay said they were notified about the guinea pigs — some dead, some alive — that had been found behind a Walmart off Dale Mabry Highway near Carrollwood.
Nearly 30 of the guinea pigs were dead, according to the HSTB, including one that died on the way back to the humane society. They said 14 survived. Those are being housed at the Humane Society.
“Once their medical needs are set and we think they are ready to be adopted, we adopt them out of here at the shelter,” HSTB PR Manager Christine McLarty said.
Liz Colley was the first to arrive at the scene from HSTB after a homeless man called to notify them about the disgusting discovery.
“When I walked up I could immediately smell it,” Colley said. She added it was a “massive relief” to find more than a dozen of the furry critters alive.
The HSTB is offering a $1,000 reward for any tip that helps find the suspect who dumped the guinea pigs.
Hillsborough County Animal Control could refer possible animal cruelty charges to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
“If somebody did this to a cat or a dog, people would be furious,” McLarty said. “We just want people to know their lives matter, too.”
Anyone with information is asked to call animal control at 813-744-5660.