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New Hampshire family fights to keep guinea pig sanctuary open

A family in Hampton, New Hampshire is fighting to keep their guinea pig sanctuary open after officials told them to put the business on pause. (WGME)

HAMPTON (WGME) – A family in Hampton, New Hampshire is fighting to keep their guinea pig sanctuary open after officials told them to put the business on pause.

Currently, they have 32 guinea pigs but they’ve been unable to take rescues, surrenders or do any adoptions because of specific guidelines by both the state and town of Hampton.

The sanctuary was started by 13-year-old Alex Trabucco. He found the perfect guinea pig and learned about the abuse they were experiencing in the state.

His grandmother, Mimie Smotherson, says they’ve found guinea pigs in trash cans, on the side of the road and they’ve even had boxes dropped off by the dozen.

Now their sanctuary has been put on pause.

Smotherson says the state told them they must be listed as a pet vendor, but first they have to get licensed by the town. In order to get the OK from Hampton, Smotherman says they must meet zoning requirements for a business.

Smotherson says it’s been a tough battle and their even facing legal issues.

CBS 13 did try to contact both the town and the state Department of Agriculture, but did not get a response.

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