Among the victims of the historic Colorado flooding last month were a large number of rabbits - and therein lies a story that's just now coming to light.
On Sept. 20, the Larimer Humane Society responded to a request from the National Guard to assist with evacuating the rabbits from a home in the 300 block of Pinewood Drive in the hard-hit community of Lyons.
When Humane Society representatives arrived, they found 111 of them.
The bunnies, in varying degrees of health, were brought to Larimer Humane for evaluations. The owner, Katherine Von Meister, was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly failing to provide adequate care for them.
"The conditions she was keeping the animals in were harmful to their health," Stephanie Ashley, marketing and community outreach manager for the Larimer Humane Society, told the Loveland Reporter-Herald. . "She was keeping them in conditions that were not adequate."
One of the rabbits died and two were euthanized.
For the past month, most of the remaining rabbits have been in protective care at Larimer Humane Society receiving food, shelter and veterinary assistance.
On Oct. 17, the court ruled that the rabbits were the property of Larimer Humane due to the owner’s inability to provide proper care for them.
There are currently about 90 rabbits at Larimer Humane that are undergoing spay/neuter surgery and will be available for adoption in the coming days and weeks.
Larimer Humane is now hoping that potential adopters will step forward and give them homes, at their shelter or one of the others.
If unable to adopt, people are asked to consider donating an item from the “Rabbit Grocery List” found at www.larimerhumane.org to help care for these animals.
That list includes:
•Fresh Collard Greens
•Straw for bedding
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