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Teen who allegedly left guinea pig in mailbox charged with cruelty

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EMPORIA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says one of two teens who allegedly abandoned a guinea pig in a mailbox last week has been charged with animal cruelty. 

A resident in the 1600 block of Road G, near Emporia, found the animal in her mailbox last Wednesday. Authorities also learned that to more guinea pigs were released into a wooded area near South Avenue and Prairie Street. Those two guinea pigs were not located.

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty. 

The sheriff's office said an 18-year-old female will have charges referred to the Lyon County Attorney's Office. No names were released. 

"The guinea pig, affectionately named Rosita by the Emporia Animal Shelter staff, is still at the animal shelter as per Kansas Law. After 21 days, Rosita could be adopted out but we are told that the Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter want to sponsor Rosita and take care of it there at the shelter."


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Imagine your surprise if you ventured out to get your mail only to find a live guinea pig in your mailbox. That's what happened to one Kansas woman on Wednesday. 

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post, complete with a picture, that a resident in the 1600 block of Road G, near Emporia, found the animal. The tan and white guinea pig cowered in the back of the mailbox but did not appear to be harmed.

The sheriff's office said Thursday that the person who abandoned the guinea pig has been located and that possible animal cruelty charges are pending. 

Staff at the local animal shelter started calling her Rosita after her red eyes.

"Vet said this is a young, adult guinea pig with a clean bill of health."

Anyone with information is asked contact the sheriff's office at 620-341-3205.

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