“Being a volunteer for the House Rabbit Society, I thought I’d come take a look,” he said. “Obviously, the rabbit was very sick, very lethargic.”
Lisy said his friend found the rabbit in a cage with a sign reading “free rabbits” on it. After observing the animal, Lisy said it had a condition called “head tilt” that is caused by extreme stress. He said the animal probably had been there for three days — and that it wasn’t the first one.
“A couple of neighbors had told us there has been multiple rabbits out here and this one would not have made it if we hadn’t came and got it that day,” Lisy said.
Edie Sayeg, another volunteer with the GHRS, said she saw the animals in filthy living quarters.
“I have seen multiple rabbits in multiple cages that are not acceptable. There are 10 to 12 rabbits in small cages,” she said.
Lisy said the organization doesn’t have enough space for all of the animals and is trying to think of how to take care of all of them.
Animal control will not cite the owner since no county ordinances were violated, Washington said. However, the Georgia Department of Agriculture will issue stipulations controlling the amount of rabbits the owner is allowed to have.
“I’m no lawyer. I’m here to help the rabbits,” Sayeg said. “My heart breaks for those rabbits.”