An anonymous tip to police led to dozens of rabbits being removed from the back yard of a rabbit meat breeder in Sacramento, California. The temperature was 108 degrees when animal control officials confiscated the rabbits, as reported by Morgan Searles in the Merced Sun-Star. Here are more details:
The rabbits were raised for meat, and they had been confined to a yard with several hutches until a neighbor suspected something peculiar and made a call, said Gina Knepp, the city’s animal services manager.
“I’ve only been doing animal care for two years, and the most magical moment I’ve had was the day we released them all in our yard and let them play and run free for the first time in their lives,” Knepp said. “It was the coolest, most joyful thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
With the help of the Sacramento House Rabbit Society, the city animal shelter on Front Street converted one of its dog yards into a rabbit sanctuary.
Officials said they investigated the case because the house, with dozens of rabbits, was in a residential area not zoned for agricultural uses, and because the rabbits were being kept in inhumane conditions in triple-digit heat.
The entire article can be found online at http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/06/26/3085916/city-shelter-confiscates-dozens.html
Rabbits do not do well in hot weather, and above 80 degrees Fahrenheit is considered uncomfortably hot for them. For tips on how you can help keep your pet rabbits cool during hot summer days, click here: http://hoppingtonpost.com/keep-rabbits-cool-in-hot-weather
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