Animal Control confiscates hundreds of rabbits from home on city's south side

Owner faces violations, fines

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officers confiscated more than 200 rabbits from a home on the city’s south side Tuesday morning.

The raid happened on Dudley Avenue after IACC officials said they received the tip from the Mayor’s Action Center.

Officials responded and found more than 200 rabbits in cages in a garage without heat.

Officers said many of the rabbits had illnesses, there was a strong odor of ammonia and feces were found all over the place.

City officials said the owner of the rabbits is a rabbit breeder who also shows the rabbits.

The owner faces more than 200 care and treatment violations as well as thousands of dollars in fines.

The rabbits were confiscated and taken to the city animal shelter on Harding Street.

"It is a tremendous burden to our staff. We rely on our rescue groups who come and assist with us. Fortunately the owner knows she's way out of control. She voluntarily surrendered all the animals to us. So that helps. So we can immediately start getting these animals out to rescues and groups that can take them in," Deputy Chief of Enforcement Marcus Brown said.

IACC officials said they do not have a history with the rabbit owner. They also confiscated turtles and a goat from the property.

Officers said this was one of the worst cases they had seen.

IACC made a similar bust this summer where they confiscated hundreds of rabbits from another rabbit breeder.

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