SAN DIEGO–Last week, San Diego Humane Society rescued 53 rabbits from a hoarder situation in El Cajon.
San Diego Humane Society’s Humane officers responded to a call from the El Cajon police officers when these rabbits were discovered to be living in extremely harsh conditions. Humane officers seized the rabbits and quickly brought them to San Diego Humane Society for immediate care.
“Upon arrival, the rabbits were examined by our medical team. Fortunately, most were found to be in good health, despite the terrible conditions they were living in. It’s obvious that the owner cared about the animals but couldn’t keep up with the care they needed, so she was grateful to receive our help,” said Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for San Diego Humane Society. “We see this type of situation often when well intentioned animal lovers become overwhelmed with the immense number of animals in their home. That’s when we need to intervene for the sake of the animals.”
“Our goal at San Diego Humane Society is to end animal suffering and we’re committed to helping all animals within our reach,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “Protecting animals is our mission and our Humane Officers are sworn in under oath in the state of California to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. These animals deserve a second chance, so we don’t hesitate.”
This year, San Diego Humane Society is on track to care for 20,000 domestic and nearly 12,000 wild animals. To properly care for this additional volume of rescued rabbits, specialty veterinary attention, housing enclosures, food and medical supplies are all essential.
“The health and safety of these rabbits are at the top of our priorities. Half are currently available for adoption and the others are receiving further medical care and evaluation before they will be available,” Weitzman says. “After acclimating to a new environment, our priority is to address each of their individual needs and get them into homes as soon as possible.”