Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue in Lusby, Maryland was raided August 8 and more than 200 rabbits were seized. On August 20, its operator, Carole Van Wie, was charged with cruelty to animals. Photos published on a PETA website reveal there were more rabbits than they could care for properly and it was “little more than a hoarding facility.”
The Calvert County Animal Control office acted after receiving a complaint by PETA. Jeff Mackey, writing for PETA’s Official Blog gave these details:
Officials reportedly had to don masks to rescue the flea-infested and sick rabbits from up to 4 inches of feces and urine. Investigators apparently found one rabbit dead in a cage and others denied food or water. According to news sources, seven of the rabbits rescued that day could not be saved.
The seizure was prompted by evidence gathered by PETA of systemic—and sometimes fatal—neglect of animals at the “rescue,” following a whistleblower’s tip-off.
We thank law enforcement for acting promptly and PETA Investigations & Rescue Fund donors for providing us with the resources needed to follow up on the whistleblower’s tip.
PETA found that Bunny Magic consisted of little more than Van Wie’s garage, which reeked of ammonia, and a dark shed that was overrun with rodents. It had no paid help to care for its more than 200 rabbits and other animals. Van Wie deprived rabbits of needed veterinary care and left contagious animals in contact with others, risking the spread of disease.
There are further details as well as several graphic photos on the PETA website at http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/08/08/victory-peta-prompts-rabbits-rescue.aspx The blog post also gives details about what members of the public can do when they become aware of situations where animals are in trouble. The organization also advises people only to take unwanted animals to responsibly operated shelters. Not all “no-kill” rescues provide the kind of proper care rabbits and other animals require.
Photo courtesy of Foxtongue