LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is reminding families that while real rabbits may look adorable in Easter baskets, adopting or purchasing a pet is a serious responsibility.

Last year, dozens of rabbits that were purchased or adopted for the holiday ended up in county animal care centers.

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However, families intent on getting a bunny this year are urged to pick one up at a shelter, KNX1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports.

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“If a family is seriously considering adding a new pet over the holiday, I hope they will come to our animal care centers. If they are not ready for a ten-year commitment to care for a living gift, I hope they will consider other fun alternatives, like stuffed animals and chocolate rabbits,” Director of the LA County DACC Marcia Mayeda said in a statement.

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For more information about adopting a pet, visit the DACC online.