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Chinchilla abandoned in West Linn

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Owner, who said she was moving and couldn't keep the animal, said to be older woman with an accent

WEST LINN POLICE - Abandoned chinchillaWest Linn Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person who abandoned a chinchilla in the wooded area between Carriage Way and Kapteyns Street around 4 p.m. Thursday, March 16. The suspect is described a a white female in her 60s with short brown hair, who spoke with an accent. The woman told a witness that she was moving and couldn't keep it. Chinchillas are popular as pets, but require proper care, and most likely would would not have survived Oregon's winter climate. Animal abandonment is a crime punishable up to six months in jail. Anyone who has information that would assist in identifying this person is urged to contact Officer Larry Redler of the West Linn Police Department, 503-655-6214.