Where are the 69 “Rescued” Rabbits?
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70 confiscated domestic rabbits have been hidden by both Charleston Animal Society & Halifax Humane Society since 1/1/2016 and sent to undisclosed "farms" without spay and neuter. What happened to rabbit #70?
Charleston Animal Society states they reached out to Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, Florida upon the recommendation of Pet Health, Inc.
Please read the Petition Letter Below
72 rabbits came into the Charleston Animal Society SC on 12/27/2015.
On Monday 12/28/2015 CAS stated they were stressed for space, then not long after most of the rabbits were Miraculously Adopted and about 85 percent of the bunnies had found homes by Friday.
Local rabbit rescue persons were frantically working to help CAS with placement for the rabbits and a local Veterinarian generously offered to provide services, however on 1/1/2016 the CAS shelter sent the rabbits, many claimed to be in poor health - out of State to a kill shelter that has no room for the rabbits.
Joe Elmore, CEO of CAS stated most of the 72 rabbits were transported to the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, Fla. where "rescue families were waiting".
"Today we are taking 72 rabbits from our shelter here to Daytona Beach to the Halifax Humane Society," said Aldwin Roman, with the Charleston Animal Society. "Once the rabbits get to Florida, they will continue their medical treatments until they can be adopted out to homes".
Upon arrival to Florida Halifax Humane Society immediately passed 69 rabbits off to a Wildlife Center/rescuer of predators to be distributed to his friends on 3 "farms". Posted photos show rabbits being placed in the back of a open bed pickup truck where they are exposed to loud noise and truck fumes.
Halifax Humane Society states they do not have room to house more than approx 3 rabbits, therefore is not understandable why 70 rabbits would be transported to their facility from out of State by CAS or why Halifax would intake the rabbits. Gainesville Rabbit Rescue is an approved partner for Halifax however, they were not contacted by Halifax to help with the 69-70 rabbits nor were any Rabbit Rescues in Florida.
In the ABC News4 video you can review a Treatment Chart on the CAS wall for 12/28/16 the day after intake. Despite the claims of the rabbits being in poor condition there is no treatment plan other than 1 dose of Revolution for fleas and ear mites. Rabbits with flea infestations or mites often need more than one treatment following a few weeks apart.
How did the rabbits receive extended care for fleas when they were passed off on farms within 5 days? News articles stated rabbits had Upper Respiratory issues yet there is no mention of treating them on the CAS wall chart. Who treated the rabbits in Florida for follow up URI care?
72 rabbits, 70, 69? Exactly how many rabbits were sent to Florida, and how many sick rabbits sent on a stressful 334 mile trip? Maggots, lice, fleas, ear mites, URI infections, exactly what were the actual conditions of the rabbits and what were they treated for?
If CAS was unaware the rabbits were being distributed to farms instead of being spayed, neutered and placed in adoptive homes would this not legally violate any agreement between the two shelters resulting with a demand for the rabbits return?
Unfortunately, there have been no complaints from CAS or questions regarding the status of the rabbits, only praise for Halifax.
Charleston Animal Society called for prosecution of the owner for mistreating the animals.
Claiming to be Hero's and possibly sending neglected rabbits from one bad situation to another on farms that may have placed them into another bad situation is not acceptable.
Taking donations and Government funding and possibly not using that money to ensure the rabbits are re-homed to reputable rescues or safe adoptive families animals is not acceptable.
The rabbits were not treated by either shelter the way other animals in their care are treated.
They did not go to adoptive homes, they did not get spayed or neutered and there has been no validation they are in experienced rabbit rescue persons care, alive, bred for profit, eaten live by predators or used as food for humans.
This kind of treatment of domestic rabbits taken from confiscations is not acceptable and is happening far too often.
There are no known Rabbit Sanctuary Rescues on farms in Florida, the only farms are breeding or livestock farms and it was stated that many of the rabbits were Angora breed which are popular for breeding.
The accurate number of the rabbits is unknown however; each rabbit was "tagged" at that CAS shelter before sending them out of State.
We the Petitioners respectfully request Full Transparency on the status of the rabbits to ensure they are safe, receiving proper Vet care, food, shelter and that continued suffering or breeding does not exist in their
HHS is in violation of Federal law, we request response to the (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act .
If our concerns are unfounded, public apology will be honored.
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