Louisville Rabbit Confiscation - Judge Awards Custody to Shelter
Released on: September 20, 2007, 11:14 am
Press Release Author: Indiana House Rabbit Society
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: Indiana HRS Helps With Care, Secures Rescue Placements for 100 Rabbits in Louisville Rabbit Confiscation Case
Press Release Body: Background:
Indiana House Rabbit Society was contacted by Metropolitan Animal Services (Louisville, KY) on Tuesday, Sept. 4th requesting help. The shelter confiscated 100 rabbits on Friday, Aug. 31st and needed rescue placement as they do not have facilities to house so many rabbits. Without rescue placement, they would need to euthanize the majority of the rabbits for lack of space. Indiana HRS offered on-site assistance to care for the rabbits while the court case was decided.
Indiana HRS and EARPS Respond to Shelter Plea:
Three Indiana HRS volunteers living nearby have been assisting Metropolitan Animal Services with daily care: cleaning, feeding/watering/providing hay. This assistance was critical to meet daily dietary needs for the rabbits and set-up the weekend teams for success.
Indiana HRS and EARPS sent volunteer teams on weekends to catalogue rabbits in the confiscation, identify medical conditions requiring treatment (almost 35% of the rabbits were labeled \"urgent\"), medicate rabbits, and improve living conditions as additional cages became available.
There are 79 Dutch rabbits, 15 Flemish Giants, 3 Netherland Dwarfs, 2 Havanas, and 1 Angora.
Court Case Decided:
On Tuesday, September 18th, the Judge awarded custody of the rabbits to Metropolitan Animal Services. The \"owner\" is allowed to retrieve 25 rabbits.
Indiana HRS and a local rabbit-savvy veterinarian networked to secure rescue placement for all rabbits at the shelter! Many thanks to the following groups for stepping up to help out: Indiana HRS, EARPS, Kentucky Shelters, Wisconsin HRS, Wisconsin Shelters, St. Louis MO HRS, Chicago HRS, Arkansas HRS, North Georgia HRS, and Indianapolis and Kentucky rabbit-savvy veterinarians.
Indiana HRS was able to successfully negotiate transfer of intact rabbits to groups with mandatory spay/neuter polices. Many of the rabbits are ill; this will result in the best outcome for the rabbits. Ill rabbits will have the chance to recover and healthy rabbits will be the comfort of home-based foster care to remain healthy.
Request for Assistance:
Please consider a monetary or supply donation to one of the rescue groups rescuing confiscated rabbits from Metropolitan Animal Services. Some rabbits are ill and will require extensive medical treatment before they are healthy enough for spay/neuter surgery. Please contact the above rescue groups directly for specific requests.
If you would like to support Indiana HRS, consider donating supplies for our quarantine foster care facility in Louisville, KY. We are in desperate need of the following:
Large Dog Crates
Large and Extra Large Litterboxes
Pelleted wood bedding
Monetary donations are needed to defray veterinary expenses. Many rabbits will require veterinary treatment prior to spay/neuter surgery. Donations can be made at http://partners.guidestar.org/controller/searchResults.gs?action_donateReport=1&partner=networkforgood&ein=65-1228024
Web Site: http://www.indianahrs.org
Contact Details: House Rabbit Society, Indiana Chapter PO Box 421746 Indianapolis, IN 46242-1746 (317) 767-7636 firstname.lastname@example.org