CYPRESS (CBSLA) — Nearly 300 rabbits seized from a Cypress home will be available for adoption Thursday.
Orange County Animal Care officers Tuesday hauled away 278 rabbits after a neighbor complained about the stench.READ MORE: Restraining Order Issued Against Atlas Metal; Mountain Of Scrap Metal Towering Over Jordan High School Called A 'Public Nuisance'
“The smell for one is really bad because the property is not clean, and also, the rabbits tend to burrow. So they were having problems with them burrowing into neighboring properties,” said Sondra Berg of OC Animal Care.
Berg said the owner started with only two rabbits several years ago. Now, it is out of control.
“Never spayed or neutered the animals and just allowed them to continue breeding, which with rabbits we all know that every 28 days, they can get pregnant and have another litter. Hence, we’re at 300,” Berg added.READ MORE: Fellow Student Killed Kristin Smart During Attempted Rape At Cal Poly Dorm, Prosecutors Allege
The owner, Rick Searles, won’t face any charges of animal cruelty because the rabbits are healthy and are in good shape and because he agreed to surrender most of his pets to animal-control officers.
“They agreed to allow him to keep 30 for the time being because he’s emotionally attached to them,” Berg added.
“I’m pretty sad right now because all they wanted to do was live, have a place to live, a nice clean place to live. That’s what we gave them,” Searles said.
He said he was grateful he got to keep at least 30. “We were able to pick out our favorite ones. But I still feel sad for the unknown future of the other ones.”MORE NEWS: Ex-Catholic Priest Charged With Sexually Assaulting 4 Boys In Palmdale, Redondo Beach
As for the rest, they will be available for adoption Thursday morning at Orange County Animal Care.