Hundreds of roughly treated rabbits rescued from Texas property
Hundreds of rabbits, some with missing eyes, matted fur and injured limbs, were rescued Wednesday from a large barn-like building in Kaufman County east of Dallas, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas said.
The SPCA rescued 452 rabbits in all.
“The rabbits were found inside of crates inside a large, barn-type structure covered with tarp and other materials,” the organization said in a Facebook post.
“In some places, more than four crates were stacked on top of one another. The crates were filled with feces, hair, dirt and debris, and the rabbits had little access to appropriate food or water,” the post said.
The property owners, whom the SPCA first contacted Monday, agreed Wednesday to surrender the animals.
“The rabbits appear to have various medical issues, including long nails, hair loss, missing ears, missing eyes, wounds, matted fur and injured limbs. Many crates contained multiple rabbits, including numerous litters of juvenile rabbits,” the SPCA said.
Two dead rabbits were found on the property.
The SPCA said this was not the first time animals were removed from the property.
The organization said it seized animals there in July 2013.