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Victory—Rabbit Hoarder Convicted!

Written by PETA | September 16, 2012

In an important step toward justice for the many rabbits who suffered at Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue, Inc.—as revealed by PETA—Carole Van Wie,  the operator of that nightmarish hoarding facility, was convicted in court of neglecting rabbits. More importantly, she has promised not to take in any more animals and will be on supervised probation to ensure her compliance.

Van Wie will be turning in her state and federal animal rehabilitator licenses and has vowed to get out of animal rescue work—not that she was actually rescuing any animals, of course. Van Wie must undergo a psychiatric evaluation—which is critical for ensuring that no more animals suffer and die at her hands—and pay back some of the costs of caring for the animals who were seized from Bunny Magic. PETA thanks Calvert County Animal Control, the Tri-County Animal Shelter, and the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office for all their hard work on this case.

What You Can Do

Some “rescuers” are anything but—before handing over any animal, take extra care to ensure that you’re not sentencing him or her to a miserable incarceration at the hands of a hoarder. Also, please don’t bring any animals into your household if you can’t make a lifetime commitment to them. But if you are ready, please consider adopting one (or two) of the adorable rabbits rescued from Bunny Magic!

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  • Paula Santos says:

    Animals have feelings and rights too! I love animals!

  • Juliya says:

    This have to STOP!

  • Sue Bissonnette says:

    Thank you, PETA, for the wonderful work you have done in this case, and continue to do! I am a rabbit rescuer working with others. It breaks our hearts to see and hear of this situation, and of dishonest individuals who promote themselves only for the sake of soliciting money, which is never used for its intended cause. These precious buns are so helpless without the care and oversight of honest, loving and knowledgeable individuals.

  • Claudia Pessoa says:

    Simple justice!

  • dee ahlquist says:

    THESE PEOPLE MUST BE STOPPED AND PUNISHED!THEY SHOULD BE FINED AND JAILED! THE PENALTIES MUST BE SEVERE FOR ALL TYPES OF ABUSES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wesley Culbertson says:

    Good post! This is the kind of information that should be distributed on the online community. I would like to read more of this.

  • Maryann Murphy says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really think this website wants far more consideration. I’ll probably be again to learn way more, thanks for that info.

  • humanegal says:

    What a sad story. I truly hope she started out with good intentions. Shame on her regardless!!! She is a joke…she needs to pay huge fines!!

  • bunsnpigs says:

    I am thrilled beyond belief. This woman needed to cease and desist long ago. I do hope she gets the help she needs, but in the meantime, I will always be haunted by the countless numbers of rabbits she took into her ‘rescue’ only to wallow away in a tiny filthy cage.