Following reports of several guinea pigs dumped within the boundary of Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, located off South Road, Smiths, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wish to remind the public not to release unwanted pets into the environment.
While guinea pigs are trendy and endearing pets, they are also prolific breeders and voracious eaters that can cause significant ecological damage to sensitive habitats and crops.
Releasing unwanted pets into the environment can significantly impact the natural balance of Bermuda’s flora and fauna. Individuals wishing to give up ownership of their pets should contact the SPCA.
DENR is investigating this matter and will take the appropriate action to ensure that these animals do not become established and infest the nature reserve or other parts of the island.
As a reminder, abandoning domestic animals, including guinea pigs, is an offence under the Care and Protection of Animals Act 1975. Persons who commit an offence under this act are subject to prosecution with a summary conviction carrying up to a $1000 fine or 12 months imprisonment or both.
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