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Rats and mice rescued after being found alive inside dumpster at Bloomington apartment complex

City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control Officer Nick Steury removes a tote of mice, and a tote of rats from a dumpster, at an apartment complex between the 1500 and 1700 blocks of E. Hillside Drive, after they were discovered, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. The animals were still alive. Steury said there would be an investigation into who disposed of the animals. The animals appeared to be “feeders” meant to be fed to reptiles, or another animal that eats live animals. The word, “feeders” as written on the totes. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Residents were upset when they found domestic rats and mice alive in a dumpster at at an apartment complex between the 1500 and 1700 blocks of E. Hillside Drive in Bloomington Tuesday, and called animal control just before 3 p.m., to retrieve the animals. Inside the dumpster were two totes, at least one was marked, “Feeders,” with the live animals trapped inside. Officer Nick Stuery soon arrived, and pulled the totes out of the dumpster to take them to the animal shelter. Stuery said he’d try to determine who dumped the animals.

Correction: The property manager of Heritage Apartments wrote the Bloomingtonian to say that even though the animal control was called from there, the abandoned animals were actually at a nearby apartment building between the 1500 and 1700 blocks of E. Hillside Drive. The article has been changed.

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