Police seized 222 rabbits from the Bunny Magic Rabbit Resce and Wildlife Rehabilitation in Lusby, Maryland after a complaint was made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Officers from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office brought with them a veterinarian who judged that 43 of the rabbits in the house were in good enough condition so they could remain but more than two hundred required veterinary treatment.
Yvonne Wenger reported about the incident in today’s Baltimore Sun:
A woman who answered the phone at the rescue Thursday said she had no comment.
The rabbits were kept inside a residence and a one-car garage, police said. The rabbits that were seized were transported to the Tri-County Animal Shelter, where the animals will remain, pending court action, according to authorities.
Police said an investigation continues and possible criminal charges are pending. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-535-1600 ext. 2462.
Police were responding to alleged animal cruelty at the facility.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, filed the complaint, according to the organization. PETA reported that their inspectors found “sometimes fatal neglect of animals.” Rabbits were kept in crowded, stacked cages with their own waste, according to PETA.
“Well-meaning people often do not see what goes on in these kinds of ‘too-good-to-be-true’ places, and many of these facilities turn out to be hoarders’ lairs,” PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch said in a statement. “PETA urges everyone to speak up when they see animal abuse and neglect: If not for a whistleblower, these rabbits would still be lying there, helpless and dying. We thank law enforcement and the state’s attorney for taking action.”
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Hoppington Post has visited both institutional rabbit shelters, such as operated by the SPCA and in-home rabbit rescues, and we have seen that there is a large potential for problems. Because money is scarce, much work is often done by volunteers, and there are sometimes not enough volunteers to go around. It is hoped that readers will take PETA’s advice and contact the proper authorities whenever they are aware of animals being abused, no matter where it may be happening.