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Miss Starla adopted by West Seattle couple after rescue in animal cruelty case

Miss Starla was rescued last year in what one shelter director called the "worst case" of animal cruelty they'd seen.
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Starla the guinea pig was adopted by a West Seattle family after being rescued in an animal cruelty case.

SEATTLE — Miss Starla, a guinea pig who is the last to be adopted of the more than 220 animals rescued from a West Seattle home last year, has finally found a new home. 

The city of Seattle said Thursday that the guinea is heading back to West Seattle after a couple stepped forward to adopt her.

Miss Starla was rescued in October when the Seattle Police Department discovered the hoarding and animal cruelty situation thanks to a tip from a concerned bystander.

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Miss Starla the guinea pig in her forever home after she was adopted by a West Seattle couple.

Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) Director Ann Graves said at the time of the incident that it was “the worst case of animal neglect and cruelty I’ve seen in more than 20 years of doing this work.”

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The 54-year-old man responsible was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. 

In total, Miss Starla was among the 77 rabbits, 128 guinea pigs, seven chickens, two mice, seven chinchillas and three dogs that were found, with some of them in small cages without food or water.

In some areas of the West Seattle property, deceased animals were found.

In a release about Miss Starla in late October, SAS said she has adjusted to being solitary and not living with other guineas. She eats timothy hay pellets and requires fresh water every day.

SAS said that guineas prefer to roam about, so the bigger the cage for Miss Starla, the better.

Maintenance for Miss Starla involves nail clippings about twice a month and an annual veterinarian checkup.

Typically, guinea pigs live about six to nine years, but Miss Starla has a medical condition that could shorten her lifespan.