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101 Guinea Pigs Are Successfully Relocated

THE STATE | IN BRIEF/SAN MATEO

August 18, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

After 10 days traveling across country in a Winnebago dubbed the "Piggybago," four Peninsula Humane Society volunteers returned home Friday to the San Francisco Bay area. The "Guinea Pig Crusaders" had delivered 101 of the little critters to new homes from Salt Lake City to Toledo, Ohio.

They returned with two extras. One guinea pig was rescued from a research lab in Wisconsin and will be delivered next week to Vancouver. Another was an extra loaded accidentally when the mobile home departed from San Mateo on Aug. 5. It had no designated home, so it was returned.

The cross-country rescue effort was launched after 350 guinea pigs were turned in to the SPCA of Monterey County after a couple who bred them for biomedical research lost their lease.

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