Indianapolis Animal Care saves rabbits from 42nd and Post


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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Animal Care Services was a little more crowded on Monday as they brought in more than 50 domesticated rabbits on Friday.

The IACS says animal control officers responded in the 42nd and post office area on Friday to a call from domesticated rabbits roaming free. Upon arrival, they discovered that more than 50 rabbits had been dumped in the area.

“When they saw the report on their numbers, we reached out to the Indiana House Rabbit Society for assistance in retrieving these rabbits in this neighborhood,” said Roxie Randall, community outreach manager for IACS.

Randall says that by examining the rabbits it became clear that they had been domesticated.

“It’s not the wild rabbits you might see like walking a trail or something,” Randall said. “These guys have clearly been domesticated.”

At least one rabbit has died, several more have injuries ranging from bites, eye infections and runny nose. There were also rabbits who were pregnant.

As the IACS continues to investigate what led to the release of the rabbits in the area, Randall says it’s possible the situation has gotten out of hand.

“It could very well have been a backyard breeding situation or someone who had a few bunnies and it was getting out of hand and they couldn’t handle it,” Randall said.

To avoid this type of situation, Randall says it is possible to have rabbits and other small rodents and mammals spayed and neutered. Some rescues the IACS works with perform them, but it’s currently not something they have access to.

The IACS is trying to determine who dumped the rabbits, saying it is illegal for a person to abandon an animal on public or private property in the city, per Sec. 531-402 of the city-county code.

A person who violates this code can face a fine of at least $ 200. However, Randall says they want to know if the person who threw the bunnies needs help with anything.

“If they need help with something that you know, we would like to help them not have to, you know, potentially throw away animals and know that well, yes there are repercussions for your actions,” Randall said. “We also want to make sure that if they need help, we try to help them as well.”

The IACS is working with the Indiana House Rabbit Society (IHRS) to provide supplies and ongoing care for rabbits at the shelter. Veterinary care is provided by Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital, made possible through donations to the Indiana House Rabbit Society.

Anyone interested in helping pay for rabbit medical care can visit the IHRS website. Randall also said people can donate alfalfa, hay, or rabbit toys, or anything of that nature, so they can scatter them among the rabbits to try and make their stay a little better.

Anyone with information on who may have dumped the rabbits can email the IACS at [email protected]

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Boyd S. Abbott