CACHE VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – At least 60 pet rabbits are recovering, Monday, after somebody dumped them on a dirt road in rural Weber County.
Ashley Malan says she and her family found more than 100 animals in all. Many were disfigured and dehydrated, and many were dead.
“You’d hear them screaming, and you’d run over there to see what was going on, and they’d be passing away,” Malan recalled.
The professional veterinarian technician says they knew they had to help so gathered as many rabbits they could, loaded them up, and transported the fragile animals several miles to the Cache Valley Safe Haven for Rabbits in Hyrum, Utah.
“Just from down at the bottom of [the road] where we’d caught them to my house, we lost seven of them, and then on our way to Hyrum, we lost another like seven to nine of them,” Malan said.
“It’s disgusting what people do,” said Jennifer Simpson, the safe haven owner.
Simpson says she did not think twice about taking the rabbits in. Her facility typically holds about 30 animals at a time, but with a little effort and organization, Simpson made room for more than 60.
“It’s hard, but we’re trying to do what we can,” Simpson explained.
The animal advocate says she is certain the domesticated rabbits were pets to somebody because of their tame nature.
They can have babies every month, so it can get out of hand. I think whoever did it just didn’t know what they were doing,” Simpson said, adding that most animal shelters or humane societies would have easily taken the bunnies.
The group reported the discovery to local law enforcement authorities, who may start an investigation to find out who abandoned them.
Right now, the priority is to find each of the animals a responsible, loving owner because Simpson says she can only care for them for so long.
“We are adopting them out free to good homes,” Simpson said.