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PETA Complaint Leads Law-Enforcement Officers to Seize Animals From Bunny Magic 'Rescue' After Sick, Dying Rabbits Found in Cramped, Filthy Cages
For Immediate Release:August 8, 2012
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Prince Frederick, Md. -- Today, Calvert County
law-enforcement officials are removing sick and injured rabbits from Bunny
Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue Inc., in Lusby, Md., after reviewing a
complaint filed by PETA. Following a whistleblower report, PETA had entered the
facility and found systemic and sometimes fatal neglect of animals there,
including rabbits kept in crowded, stacked cages in their own waste in a garage reeking of ammonia and a dark
shed. Photos are available here.
After receiving the whistleblower's request for help, PETA
documented that rabbits were being denied veterinary care for serious medical
conditions, including a rabbit with a long-term infection that had filled his throat with
pus. Another rabbit was so afflicted by disease that her neck was twisted
nearly 180 degrees, leaving her struggling to stand. Bunny Magic operator
Carole Van Wie simply left the rabbit to die. PETA submitted evidence to county
officials and the office of State's Attorney Laura Martin, which opened a
"Well-meaning people often do not see what goes on in
these kinds of 'too-good-to-be-true' places, and many of these facilities turn
out to be hoarders' lairs," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna
Nachminovitch. "PETA urges everyone to speak up when they see animal abuse
and neglect: If not for a whistleblower, these rabbits would still be lying
there, helpless and dying. We thank law enforcement and the state's attorney
for taking action."
PETA also found that Bunny Magic had no paid help to care
for all the rabbits, whose basic care would require more than 35 hours of labor
daily, according to professional standards. Some of the rabbits were found with
abscesses, one as large as an egg; head tilt because of likely infection,
disease, and/or trauma; painfully overgrown nails; and eyes sealed shut by
discharge. Dead rabbits were found crammed into a freezer.
PETA is also submitting formal complaints to various
Maryland officials as well as to the Internal Revenue Service that request that
Van Wie be investigated.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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