32 rabbits seized from Vancouver rooming house farm

Dozens of rabbits are now in the care of the SPCA after being found neglected in a single occupancy suite (SRO) in downtown Vancouver in recent days.

The SPCA says the 32 rabbits were part of an illegal breeding operation and were found inside the unsanitary room in poor health.

“The floor, window sill and bed were soiled and there were cockroaches and other insects crawling all over the surfaces,” Eileen Drever of the BC SPCA said of the room’s condition.

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The animals were kept in the warm, unventilated room with a cracked window of a few centimeters.

“The room was dirty and the ammonia levels were high,” Drever said. “Many of the rabbits – which ranged from newborns to adults – had urine-soaked fur.”

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Officers also found an overturned empty water bowl and some hay near a bed, but it was covered in urine and feces, making it unsuitable for animals to eat.

Lorie Chortyk of the BC SPCA pointed out that most pet sitters in ORS take incredible care of their animals, “but in cases where the animals aren’t getting the care they need, we we have to take steps to make sure they are protected.”

The SPCA is unable to share the location of this incident until the Crown approves the charges.

Rabbits are now cared for at SPCA facilities in the Lower Mainland.

This rabbit seizure follows an “already thriving rabbit population in SPCA shelters,” the SPCA said.

“We have about 140 rabbits in our care right now, almost double the number we had this time last year,” Drever said.

If you would like to give these adorable animals a home, you can view rabbit profiles and find information on how to care for them on the SPCA website.

The SPCA also invites people who can accommodate the rabbits to apply.

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