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More than 50 abandoned mice found wandering around at a grass patch in Pasir Ris

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A lady was with her husband walking their two dogs along Pasir Ris Drive 4 on Tuesday night when she glimpsed a massive flock of little mice scurrying around a grass patch.

“We were alarmed because they were all over the place,” housewife Karen Teng told The Straits Times.

The 47-year-old saw a line of bread slices leading to a forested area, and assumed that someone had scattered the food to lead the rodents away from the pavement. She said that the white mice, which had light brown patches, were about 6cm-long, sans their tails.

Determined to help, she retrieved a pair of gloves and a box from home and returned to the spot to gather the creatures with help from a neighbor and two passers-by. All in all, the group managed to catch 54 mice.

“I thought it would be cruel to leave them alone,” she explained to The Straits Times.

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The rodents have since been handed over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for health checks. An SPCA spokesman said that they will be given up for adoption if they’re found to be healthy.

“We suspect it is a case of pet abandonment because these are not stray mice but mice that are commonly used in laboratories, which are very tame and can be kept as pets. And there were so many of them in one place,” she said.

According to SPCA, cases of abandoned mice are rare, as most abandoned pets tend to be dogs, cats or rabbits. The chances of domesticated mice actually surviving in the wild are slim.

The spokesman also said that a passerby had spotted two men acting suspiciously in the vicinity just before the mice were discovered. An inspector was sent by the SPCA to the site on Wednesday to find eye-witnesses.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore is also conducting investigations.

If convicted of pet abandonment, offenders can be fined a maximum of $10,000, sentenced to a year in jail, or both.

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