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More than 60 rabbits illegally dumped in Beckley Creek Park; LMAS searching for culprit

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is searching for the person who dumped dozens of...
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is searching for the person who dumped dozens of rabbits illegally in Beckley Creek Park.(LMAS)
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 5:30 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - This is not the typical Easter hunt.

LMAS is searching for the person who dumped dozens of rabbits illegally in Beckley Creek Park, east of Gene Snyder Freeway near the Parklands of Floyds Fork. More than 60 rabbits were found dumped Tuesday in the park, Teeya Barnes, a spokesperson for LMAS, said.

“It’s important we find the person responsible because not only is it illegal to abandon pets in Jefferson County, domesticated rabbits cannot survive in the wild,” Ashley Book, the interim LMAS shelter director, said.

At least 49 of the rabbits were caught by volunteers, Parklands officials and LMAS workers and taken to the LMAS shelter, where they will be cared for until rescue organizations can take them in.

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Some of the rabbits will go to local bunny rescues, The Pipsqueakery and the Bun Bun Brigade, where they will receive medical care which could cost upwards of $10,000.

Executive director of the Pipsqueakery, Alex Hernly said some of the rabbits were found with bit wounds, abscesses, eye injuries, and many of the females are “very pregnant.”

She told WAVE News people dump their domesticated rabbits more often than one might think.

“Part of it though, I think is that a lot of people see bunnies outside and they think, ‘Oh, my bunny can survive outside just fine.’ That’s not exactly the same thing,” Hernly said. “It’s like saying your dog can survive outside because a coyote can survive outside.”

“First of all, (abandoning pets is) illegal,” Chlesea Lane, executive director of the Bun Bun Brigade said. “If you got caught there’s lots of fines. Second of all, they’re living creatures. You took them in, you made a commitment to them. It’s just like dumping any other animal outside. Why would you do it?”

Barnes said police searched the park again on Wednesday to look for the remaining rabbits. Lane and Hernly estimate there are around 10 bunnies remaining at the park.

The shelter is not equipped to handle such a large number of rabbits at once, Barnes said LMAS is accepting donations, such as rabbit pellets and Timothy hay, every day except Sundays between noon and 6 p.m.

To foster or adopt a rabbit, click here.

To donate to help with the rabbits’ medical expenses, click here.

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