Pet rabbits are illegal in North Haven, Ct. At least if your house is on a lot smaller than two acres. The enforcement of an old law that puts rabbits in the same category of livestock means seven-year-old Kayden Lidsky must give up the Flemish Giant she says is her “best friend.” The bunny’s name is Sandy, and she sometimes sleeps in bed with Kayden.
After failing to convince officials that they should be able to keep the rabbit that has been a companion to their daughter for three years, the Lidsky family turned to their local television station for help. The following report comes from wtnh.com News 8.
It’s one big bunny, a Giant Flemish weighing over 20 pounds. However, it’s not the size of the rabbit, rather the size of the family’s property that has the town of North Haven saying the rabbit must be removed from the Susan Lane home.
“I don’t want the bunny to go,” said Kayden.
“A bunny is not a violent animal,” said Joshua Lidsky, “a bunny is not a violent dog or a violent cat or a rabid animal, it’s a caged creature that all it does is give love to our family.”
Now the family will keep Sandy as they appeal the decision, but if they lose at that level the town attorney tells News 8 it could trigger a Superior Court action enforcing removal of the animal.
“I would love to keep the bunny,” said Joshua. “I would love to keep my family happy and the town just let us live our life and pay our taxes.”
So far the TV publicity may be helping. Comments on the News 8 website are overwhelmingly supportive of the Lidsky family. But if the campaign fails and Kayden is forced to give Sandy up, a rabbit sanctuary in West Virginia has offered to provide a safe home for the rabbbit until the matter is settled.
Please follow this link to see the complete story on the News 8 website, and to watch a video featuring Kayden and Sandy.
UPDATE: There is now a petition about this incident on change.org
Flemish Giant photo from Wikimedia Commons