Instead of a specific animal shelter or rescue, this week PetravelR™ is devoting our Adopt a Friend page to the Gwinnett Bunny Confiscation & Rescue. Nearly 200 rabbits have been confiscated from a breeder/hoarder in Gwinnett County, Georgia and are now being cared for by Gwinnett County Animal Control and the Georgia House Rabbit Society.
Last week, Gwinnett County authorities responded to a complaint about “excessive rabbits” at a property in Grayson, Georgia. During the visit, Animal Control found numerous overcrowded pens, with approximately 200 rabbits in total. Yet, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department, Animal Control will not cite the owner since no county ordinances were violated!
The owner and operator of Pet Parties Plus was using the animals for entertainment at children’s parties and as a petting zoo, and the bunnies were sick and living in filthy conditions. When on the property, GA HRS members were told not to take photographs of the hot, small, crowded, dirty cages being used to house the rabbits and guinea pigs, but here are some of their observations:
- There were 22 rabbits all in one small cage.
- Males and females were kept together, none of them altered.
- At least 2 litters of small babies were visible.
- Most cages had dirty water in dirty bowls.
- Any hay in the cages was completely soiled with urine.
- The cages had wire bottoms with poop underneath and there were flies all over.
- Some bunnies were housed with guinea pigs, and one was with chickens (risking salmonella poisoning in the rabbits).
- The temperature was in the mid 90’s, even in the shade!
The rabbits were confiscated and were taken to Gwinnett County Animal Control where they were triaged and can remain for only one week. GA HRS is accepting 50 of these bunnies and is working to find rescues and foster homes for as many as possible. Bunnies started receiving medical treatment immediately. All are receiving antibiotics and will be spayed and neutered in the next few days.
Please make a donation to help these bunnies (just indicate that you are donating for the Gwinnett County Bunnies and these funds will be designated specifically for this rescue effort). If you know of any rescue group that can take some of these rabbits and provide them with good foster homes, contact GA HRS.
PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.