Carol Van Wie runs the Bunny Magic Wildlife and Rabbit Rescue, Inc., incorporate in the state of Maryland on 10/23/2000. Additionally, Bunny Magic is a registered IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. This 501(C)(3) charity's purpose, according to the Internal Revenue Service, is for preventing cruelty to animals.
On August 8th, 2012, the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit with assistance from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Team (CIT) executed a search warrant at the residence where there were found 265 rabbits. 222 rabbits were seized due to poor living conditions and these rabbits would require further medical care. 43 rabbits were left on the scene. The Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville, MD is caring for these rabbits at this time.
PETA stated on their website, "On August 20, Carole Van Wie, the operator of Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue, Inc., was charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals. The charges follow an August 8 raid on the facility—prompted by a PETA complaint—in which law-enforcement officers seized 222 rabbits. Officials reportedly had to don masks to rescue the flea-infested and sick rabbits from up to 4 inches of feces and urine. Investigators apparently found one rabbit dead in a cage and others denied food or water. According to news sources, seven of the rabbits rescued that day could not be saved."
On September 13th at 1:30 p.m., Ms. Van Wie is petitioning the Calvert County Court to have returned to her approximately 45 of the rabbits - mostly the fancy English Lops and Flemish Giants, giving Bunny Magic almost 90 rabbits back at her facility. On October 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., there will be a trial hearing on the animal cruelty charges at the Calvert County District Court.
Please tell the Calvert County District Court not to allow Carol Van Wie to collect any more rabbits.
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