Posted: May 8, 2011 6:39 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 8, 2011 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- Nearly 80 rabbits got a second chance at life. They were days away from being gassed to death.
In an interview with a news station in Florida, rabbit breeder Carolyn Barnett said she was prepared to gas the rabbits because she couldn't afford to keep them.
Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue founder Wendy Lincoln says the news video "went viral" after it was posted on Facebook. That's when 15 rabbit rescue organizations from seven states stepped in to help.
Fourteen of the rabbits were transported to Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue in Baton Rouge. After a quick check-up, the rabbits got comfortable in their temporary homes.
"They've never had hay, vegetables, a towel, nothing of the sort. Not a toy, nothing to chew on other than their food," Lincoln said. "They've never seen outside and they've never laid their feet on the grass. They never got to nibble the clovers, anything like that. They're going to get to do that next week."
As for the breeder, she's getting out of the bunny business, according to Lincoln.
"She promises no more breeding whatsoever. She was in it for the money to start with, and she wasn't getting it, so she got out for good," Lincoln said.
The new bunnies will stay at Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue until they are spayed or neutered.
For information on how to help the bunnies, or foster or adopt a rabbit, visit www.magichappensrescue.com. Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue also hosts adoption days at Petco on Siegen Lane on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.