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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > 114 Rabbit Confiscation in the Santa Cruz Area
Last Post by osprey at 6/26/2012 9:49 AM (54 Replies)
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User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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11/10/2011 12:48 PM

 

A small back yard breeding operation in Aptos CA has turned into a major rescue for us at The Rabbit Haven.  Animal Control shut down the operation and seized 114 rabbits from the site due to lack of food, water and shelter, incredible filth and sick/injured rabbits not being cared for.  Many of the rabbits that were taken are pregnant females, so we will likely see this number grow if the litters survive.  The rabbits are currently at two area shelters and several Haven triage sites where they are getting adequate food and water (they eat constantly poor things), vet evaluation and care for their injuries and infections. 

The story has been picked up by the local media and so far we are weathering the storm.  Once the initial court case is dealt with, the shelter will be able to release more of the rabbits to us.  There is no way they can house this many in the facilities they have, so we are preparing to have to rescue many of these to save their lives.  The rabbits are mostly dwarfs and dwarf mixes, with a few rexes and lops in there also.  Many are missing ears and limbs due to being housed together and fighting over limited resources.

You can read more about this ongoing rescue on our website therabbithaven.org/WatsConfiscation_110711.html


User is Offline mzsunshine
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11/10/2011 1:17 PM
this story breaks my heart ! I dont understand how people don't feel like they're doing anything wrong, or not feel bad at all with the living conditions they have to endure...I hope that they all recover soon. ♥

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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11/10/2011 1:30 PM
Oh the poor babies Wish I was closer to help foster!

User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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11/10/2011 3:04 PM

 Awhh that is horrible! All those poor bunnies 

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User is Offline brittbritt
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11/10/2011 6:15 PM
That is heartbreaking. God bless all the great people helping to save and take care of them. I donated some money to help out those poor buns.

User is Offline Mandyyy
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11/10/2011 7:04 PM
Oh gosh. Poor animals. How can people see any animal in pain and not feel sad about it? Like the people who did this to these bunnies. Why can't they reason that these animals feel and are in pain?

I'm glad they were finally rescued, and I hope they all go to amazing homes! I would take one (or a pair) if I was closer and my parents agreed to it (of course, but their suckers for animals so they probably would let me). But I'm all the way in RI. :/
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User is Offline Stickerbunny
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11/11/2011 7:54 AM
Ugh. Those poor bunnies. HOW can anyone treat any living thing like that?

I can't help in placing the poor babies, but I made a donation to try to help with the cost of this rescue. Hope they find home.

User is Offline bwild
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11/11/2011 4:02 PM
This just breaks my heart!

User is Offline mzsunshine
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11/12/2011 3:40 PM

So I went to volunteer at one of the shelters today, and it wasn't too bad! I think the Santa Cruz location, they had 70 of the rabbits and Watsonville had the rest. They did a REALLY good job at cleaning up the buns, cos their coats were pretty clean! They were all absolutely adorable, and surprisingly weren't too scared to be handled. Some of them seemed a-okay, but a number of buns I saw had 'meds' written on their card, some with eye infections, and unfortunately I did groom a poor handsome fella w/ just one ear what's horrible was that me & some of the volunteers don't think the ear was lost in a fight or anything because it was a clean job... supposedly that sh!thead did it deliberately! D: it was just awful.

so they're going to court with this i-dont-know-what-to-call-him-cos-he-can't-possibly-be-a-person next week, and if he wins, he gets all the rabbits back! D: I certainly hope he doesnt. Here are just a few pictures I took!

this one was a CUTIEEEE! ♥

a pair of baby bunnies, part of a mini family & their mama

 pretty young thing


User is Offline bwild
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11/12/2011 3:55 PM

He better not win, or I'm going to have to drive up there and beat somebody up!!!...sorry, anger issues..

but those pics are adorable! I wish I was closer so I could help foster/rehome some of them!


User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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11/12/2011 4:06 PM

This man was also responsible for this atrocity from a previous rescue, again, most likely intentionally inflicted:

 


User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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11/12/2011 4:40 PM

Thank you for volunteering your time, mzsunshine.  The rabbits are in decent shape in large part because of volunteers like yourself who donate their time to care for them.  We are running 2 volunteer shifts 7 days a week now to clean, feed and socialize these rabbits at the shelters.  Your hard work is paying off for sure.


User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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11/12/2011 5:25 PM
How in the hell do 'people' who are responsible for animal mutilation manage to get MORE animals??? Would somebody please do me a favor andtuff this unmentionable in a tiny cage for months and cut HIS ears off?!
I had to read the story...go away and cool off and then come back, but nope...still furious. How do we help influence this case? Is there anything we can do to help see this guy get put away, indefinitely? I'm betting he's liable to start on other human beings next!

Sorry for ranting but this is just unfathomable. I've heard too many animal abuse cases lately and my tank is getting topped. Where's that donation button?

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS AND RESCUERS!!!!!! <3<3<3

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User is Offline Stickerbunny
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11/13/2011 6:30 AM

A petition can sometimes help, if there is a large national show of support AGAINST a person, a lot of the time the courts will take it into account. care2 runs petitions like this all the time, but someone would have to start one to be delivered to a political power in charge of the case. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't - but getting it on that site would put it in the spotlight and no judge wants to be known as the guy who let an animal mutilator off a SECOND time to abuse more animals.

I can't believe someone would purposefully cut off the ears of a rabbit what would be the point of that? Just cruel sport? Argh. This guy needs to be given whatever the maximum sentence is for animal abuse!

Edit: I added the news story to the site, if anyone wants to go "note it", with enough it will make front page and  it might generate more volunteers etc for the shelter. www.care2.com/news/member/591094451/3018546


User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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11/13/2011 10:27 AM
I normally don't like care2, they've been spamming my mailbox since I first got an email account with them years ago and even though I cancelled it I still get spam from them. Not all their causes are agreeable to me...but for these precious bunnies I will definitely make an exception! Thanks, Stickerbunny!
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User is Offline Stickerbunny
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11/13/2011 11:20 AM
The site itself doesn't really have a cause - it is user driven for the most part, though I disagree with some of the bloggers they have given space *shrug* they do enough good for animals for me to ignore the stuff I don't like and use it to get word out for things (like their multi-year campaign against Tiger Truck Stop). Anyone with an account can post a petition, news story, etc so a lot of differing views end up there. Thanks all who have noted it, it's already working to generate some more donations for these buns.


User is Offline tobyluv
South Carolina
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11/14/2011 10:16 AM

Those poor bunnies. Thanks to everyone who is volunteering and sheltering the rabbits.

I have a care2 membership, so I went and "noted" the story.

That breeder should be prosecuted for animal cruelty and never be allowed to have another rabbit.


User is Offline sunrocket
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11/14/2011 3:14 PM

This is truly horrible to my mind -- absolutely sickening.

I have searched the web for the name of this individual, any records or accounts of his previous offenses, and the address of where the current group of rabbits were taken from.  All I have been able to find is the approximate location of his property -- Freedom Boulevard and Hidden Oaks in Aptos.

Can anyone provide links to further information on him?  Will the report filed on this incident be made public?  Is there information on his court date?  






User is Offline mzsunshine
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11/15/2011 10:53 AM
from what I heard, the court hearing is sometime next week...

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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11/19/2011 4:35 AM
Any update on the court hearing?

Osprey, I checked the date on your post because it sounded so much like one from last year. Was this guy responsible for hundreds then too?
If he doesn't pay to feed and care for them, a fine is almost useless since he obviously doesn't have money in the first place. He needs to be stopped.

They are so gorgeous! Any chance of shipping them out in half dozen groups or more to rescues around the country for adoption? (whatever happened to the caravan drivers that would transport cages of bunnies across states to rehome them?)
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