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Animal welfare officials rescue 15 hedgehogs found in plastic bag, dumped in trash can

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OCEAN BEACH, California — Animal welfare officials say they’ve rescued several hedgehogs that were left in a trash can in Southern California.

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services says the hedgehogs were found Thursday in Ocean Beach.

The agency’s director, Dan DeSousa, says an animal control officer found 15 hedgehogs in a plastic bag that was dumped in the trash can.

He says five of the hedgehogs were dead and another was euthanized.

He says authorities are looking for the person who left the animals in the trash can and adds that it was unconscionable to have dumped the animals.

Officials say the nine hedgehogs that survived are recovering.

The agency says it is illegal to possess hedgehogs in California without a permit.