Six Rabbits Saved From Lauderdale Hoarding Case

After 161 rabbits (and dozens of other animals) were confiscated from the home of Pat and Laura Sherwood in Florence, Alabama, on January 29, 2015, the District Attorney worked with local rescue groups to find rescue placement for the dogs, horses, and other animals on the property, but chose to give the rabbits to a rabbit breeder, who has since given many of the rabbits away to other breeders.

Luckily, the breeders did not want six rabbits who were clearly sick. These rabbits went home with Animal Control Officer Dwayne Oliver, who has been caring for them since the initial raid in January. Mr. Oliver has since been in touch with House Rabbit Society, and we have now taken those six rabbits. After their health problems have been treated, and they have been spayed and neutered, these lucky six will be up for adoption.

There are three girls and three boys, primarily Holland Lops, and three are older rabbits who have lived their entire lives in the filthy cages on the Sherwood property. All of the rabbits are in a state of shock from their years of confinement, and are just now starting to understand what life outside of a cage is like.

We are very pleased that we have been able to give these six rabbits a chance at a good life. We are extremely saddened that we could not help the other 155 rabbits who will spend the rest of their lives in cages, just as at the Sherwoods, being bred for profit.

The rescuer who is now caring for the six Lauderdale rabbits is in need of toys, exercise pens, and other supplies to help care for these rabbits. But the most urgent need right now is funds, to pay for their medical care and for their spay/neuter surgeries.

To donate to support the Lauderdale Six, please do so through Georgia House Rabbit Society, who is assisting. Supplies and checks can be sent to:

Georgia House Rabbit Society
Attn: Lauderdale Rabbits
2280 Shallowford Rd
Marietta, GA 30066

And online donations can be made here:

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