The New York Times Covers ECC Campaign
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If a rat skipped across the subway tracks, caked in soot, eyes burning red, splashing in the sewage, certain thoughts would most likely come to mind.

Cute would probably not be one of them, but Stephanie Dietz might disagree.

Last week, Ms. Dietz, 25, from Bushwick, Brooklyn, invited into her home two cousins of such creatures -- both spayed females rescued from possible death in a Queens laboratory two weeks ago.

Empty Cages Collective, an animal advocacy group, acquired these 2 -- and 39 more -- white rats and mice from an area college, which agreed to surrender them if the group promised not to reveal the school's identity, according to P. J. McKosky, the organization's coordinator.

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