STONE COUNTY RESCUE/CONFISCATION  - MARCH 19, 2009

The rabbits turned out to be a breed called "New Zealand Whites", beautiful white rabbits with pink ears and ruby eyes.
The sheriff's department discovered the abandoned bunnies while on the property for an unrelated matter.  Thankfully, they called for help.

The Humane Society of MO and MO House Rabbit Society jumped into action.  Although sadly, many adults and babies were found already dead, there were others that could be helped.  Apparently the breeder had intended on selling them for meat and fur, but decided the price was too low, so simply stopped taking care of them - period.  The rescuers delved into this hellish nightmare and were eventually able to get everyone to safety.  Those that were beyond help were gently held and humanely euthanized.
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Triage went from 8pm to 2am on the night of March 19 when the bunnies arrived on a very cold night at the Longmeadow barn in Union, MO. 
Four of the female bunnies arrived with very young babies.  Dr. Linda Beisswenger and staff of Hope Animal Hospital helped with triage along with
members of MO HRS.  Dr. Beisswenger and co-owner/office manager Lea Canada took all four mothers and babies back to Hope Animal Hospital
that night so they wouldn't have to stay in a cold barn, but were able to relax, feed and snuggle in a warm, clean, safe environment.



















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St. Louis Chapter manager,
Joy comforting a stressed, terrified bunny.
Baby bunnies in the filthy wooden breeder boxes.
Dr. Beisswenger examining a mother and her babies.
All had ear mites and for several the encrustation was really bad.  This condition can be quite painful.
Here are more photos from the "Big White Bunny Rescue". Some of them were living in several inches of feces.  Some had been housed together and were fighting in tiny cages and had suffererd bite wounds.  Many had no food or water. There were even dead rabbits next to live rabbits and dead babies on the floor.   Because the breeder was still breeding, even though not caring for them, shortly after the rescue, several more babies were born.  A total of 59 babies in all.

One female started nesting while two of the volunteers were there to help feed on a cold Sunday morning.  A carrier wasn't handy so volunteer Susan Ruby wrapped her in a towel and held her the whole 60 miles back to the main foster home.  The bunny mother just snuggled in and went to sleep in Susan's arms.  Periodically she'd raise her head and look around and then just settle back into the towel and go back to sleep.  At the foster home she quickly learned to love greens and is now a terrible beggar for treats.  She gets them, too :)   We were lucky with her.  She only had 5 babies. Most of the litters ranged between 7 and 12 babies.
Can
you
see
the
great sadness and
fear
in
these
little faces?
Dr. Beisswenger and volunteers doing triage.
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Many ear bites and one bunny had an infection in the dewclaw all the way into the bone so the dewclaw had to be amputated.
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The mother's and babies were given nice, new covered cat litter boxes to serve as nesting boxes.
Dewclaw wound
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Babies in the filthy wooden boxes used by the breeder.
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Almost ready to leave the nest box.
Out of the nest box and growing.
         Mama Primrose in a foster home with her babies.                                   Now THIS is how bunnies should be treated!
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To donate to our "Spay/Neuter/Care Fund" for the Stone County Bunnies, please either:


1) Send a check to: House Rabbit Society of MO, PO Box 6362, Chesterfield, MO 63006-6362  Please write in the Note/Memo section "Stone County Bunnies" Donations are tax-deductible.

2) You can also donate through Paypal, using your credit card, e-check or Paypal funds.  Please write in the "Note/Instructions to Seller" section "Stone County Bunnies" Donations are tax-deductible.  To donate through Paypal, click any of the "Donate" icon/symbols on our website.

Severe damage from bites to ears.
Watch a video of some of the 3 week old babies "in action" click the link below.  Have your sound turned on! :0) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTvnDLlPauM