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40 white rabbits dumped at Huntington Beach park

April 24, 2012 |  7:27 am

Someone abandoned about 40 rabbits Sunday at Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach.

Ryan Drabek, director of OC Animal Care, said his office has gotten multiple calls about the animals, which have been described as white and possibly domesticated. Officials are now looking for the animals.

"We've gotten calls," Drabek said. "So far, nobody's been able to provide any information about who did the dumping. Obviously, animal abandonment is against the law. It would be nice if anyone could contact us with a license plate or anything that could assist us."

Drabek did not have a description of the vehicle that dropped off the rabbits.

The surviving rabbits, he said, were "all over the place," and some people were tossing carrots to them.

"If they didn't get eaten, they're probably still hopping around the area," Peterson said.

Wieder Regional Park, located near the intersection of Seapoint and Garfield avenues, comprises four acres of a planned 106-acre site, according to the OC Parks website. The park includes a picnicking area, decomposed granite pathways, playgrounds, trails, a scenic viewpoint and more.

Drabek urged anyone who spotted or captured a rabbit to call OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848. Small animals like rabbits, he said, are particularly vulnerable outside the home.

"If they were domesticated, they're used to being fed," he said. "These are animals that need some care."


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