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Plea issued to help home bunny rabbits

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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NEW homes are desperately needed for an array of rabbits and guinea pigs which were removed from a home in South Derbyshire after their owner could no longer cope with the large numbers.

RSPCA inspectors have removed a total of 30 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs at the owner’s request from an unnamed address.

They were all signed over to the care of the RSPCA, and now the charity is desperate to find new homes for the animals which are all shapes, sizes and breeds.

A total of 19 rabbits and five guinea pigs have been taken in to the care of the RSPCA Derby and District Branch.

The rest of those taken from the property have either gone to other RSPCA centres or have been found new homes.

However, the branch already had 18 rabbits looking for new homes, and now the centre is calling on the public to find a little space for pairs of bunnies desperately looking for new homes.

Deb Peck, centre manager at RSPCA Derby and District said: “When the RSPCA inspector asked if we could take on these rabbits and guinea pigs we knew we had to help – but it has left us at fit to bursting.

“We have already had 18 rabbits in our care, some for a number of months and many have been the victims of neglect or abandonment – but all are deserving of a second chance at a loving new home.

“We just hope anyone who was considering taking on rabbits or a guinea pig – will visit us first as we have so many in all shapes and sizes ready to rehome.

“The RSPCA really needs the public’s help and we hope that they will come forward and help us.”

Looking after just one rabbit costs around £4 a day, and across the country it is estimated there are currently some 400 in RSPCA branches and centres – which means that nationally the charity will spend more £500,000 caring for rabbits alone this year.

Rabbits are happiest in pairs, usually a neutered male with a neutered female.

More information is available by calling 01332 344620.

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