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Cruelty and Neglect of Domestic Rabbits

Over the past several years, Sweet Binks has taken in shelter relinquished or captured strays that arrive in horrible shape. Many of the rabbits are rehabilitated and placed for adoption, but for some it is too late. All we can do is ease their suffering through humane euthanasia and let them know someone cared about them.

For many of these rabbits, these conditions could have been prevented by their former owners doing the rightful and humane act of surrendering their unwanted rabbits to a shelter or taking some time and a little effort into re-homing their rabbit. But many thoughtless and uncompassionate people choose to illegally “set the bunny free” or release them somewhere. These domesticated rabbits do not have the instincts for riley2survival and many die terrible deaths. The few lucky ones that make their way to Sweet Binks endure surgeries and sometimes months of rehabilitation. This puts tremendous costs on Sweet Binks that are not compensated through adoption. Thankfully, Sweet Binks has many wonderful members and supporters that assist financially and help us care for these poor buns.

We can not stress the importance of teaching others that setting rabbits loose is not acceptable. People who purchase rabbits or any other living creature need to take responsibility for the proper relinquishment of unwanted pets. We hope you will choose to help educate others of this as well. Pet homelessness is a crisis and rabbits are included. In 2005, Sweet Binks alone took in 254 rabbits from shelters or as strays and almost 1150 rabbits total in the last 8 years.

There are many cases of rabbit cruelty or neglect throughout the country and throughout our state. Because rabbits are unique in their status (pets, meat industry, fur, laboratory experimentation and lucky charms), rabbits often do not receive the full attention that other cases of animal cruelty receive. We are are making progress and many shelters are becoming more proactive concerning proper rabbit health and care. Sweet Binks & the House Rabbit Society do not have animal control capabilities and can not act on cruelty or neglect situations. If you are concerned about a situation, we suggest you contact your local animal control, the  RISPCA or the Animal Health Department at DEM if it is a pet store issue. To read more about reporting animal abuse, click here.

Below are some of rabbits that have made their way to Sweet Binks and you can read their stories and their eventual “success” stories. If you are interested in sponsoring a bun, please consider making a donation or e-mail/call us. Your support is appreciated by the rabbits and very much needed. Not all cruelty cases will be shown as some are too graphic. Many cases are angora rabbits but we choose not to post all of them.....

This is neglect. Rabbits need routine nail trims (about every 3 or 4 months) and plenty of exercise and proper diet. Emmett arrived at Sweet Binks in March 2005. Emmett never really got run around time in his prior home and he developed sore hocks and was pretty much unable to play anyway because of the extreme nails. Emmett is doing great and is now adopted (along with a big bun named Electra) and has a wonderful home!

This very graphic and horribly fur mite infested bun arrived at Sweet Binks on July 5, 2005 from a local shelter. We called this little guy ‘Possum and he had a long road to recovery. He was likely set-free and he was starved almost to death. He was totally emaciated. He had maggots in his neck from the infestation and he had little fur left in many places. ‘Possum had blossomed into a very affectionate, outgoing and happy bun! We are sad to say that ‘Possum passed away in June 2007 but he had a couple years of great living... We miss ya, Poss!

Cameron's Rescue

On the evening of Jan.10, 2006, this fellow was brought to Sweet Binks. He supposedly was a “loved” pet for the past 2.5 years but hadn’t even had a name. We call him Cameron and Cameron is very lucky to make his way to here. He has serious incisor malocclusion, covered with fleas and had feces covering him (that is not his tail but a ball of feces attached to his hind end). Poor Cameron reeked with an overpowering stench but within 30 minutes or so at Sweet Binks, he was treated for fleas, completely cleaned and had his teeth clipped.
Update: Cameron is a happy healthy (incisor free) bun now adopted and has a bondmate!

Victor's Rescue

On Sept. 10th, this young little guy was found in a nice family’s yard. They knew he was in trouble and contacted Sweet Binks as all shelters were closed. We immediately got “Victor” here and were at the vet’s office first thing Monday morning. This poor youngster had a major abscess (infection) on his front limb and was in a great amount of pain. Update: Unfortunately, despite Sweet Binks’ and our vet’s best efforts, we were unable to control the infection and Victor passed away 1 week after he arrived here. Hopefully, someone will read this or others will explain to people that “setting a rabbit free” is just an awfully inhumane thing to do...

Domesticated Animals Should NOT be Let Out in the Wild

On March 4, 2008, a woman caught this poor bun as a stray in her neighborhood and contacted us. He arrived with severely matted fur and heavy chucks of matted feces, fleas and very hungry. He had obviously been on his own for awhile but he actually was in good health. However, no domesticated animal should be turned out like this. This is a wonderful rabbit and it really does break our heart that people do these kind of unacceptable acts towards animals.

Soft Spot for Angoras

The founder of Sweet Binks has a HUGE soft spot for angora rabbits. Usually when they arrive at Sweet Binks, they are not in good shape. Some angoras get so matted that their fur fuses their legs to their bodies and they are not able to move their limbs or they are so matted they can not defecate normally... If someone you know has an angora and they do not know how to maintain their rabbit, have them contact us. Sweet Binks does offer grooming services and teaching for a reasonable donation to our shelter.

Dave's Rescue

On May 28th, Dave and 4 other buns came to Sweet Binks. Shown here is Dave (named after Dr. David Lambert who kindly saw him immediately) and verified there still was still an EYE in there.... Dave had been attacked by the other male rabbits (un-neutered and very territorial) either before or after they were dumped in the woods in Lincoln, RI. Dave is getting the best treatment and we expect he will recover but he may have some serious scars around both eyes. If you can, please consider helping us financially with buns like Dave. Thank you Belinda, Gael and the Anderson family for helping us with Dave. We really appreciate it and so does Dave. Dave is now bonded and adopted.

Pop's Rescue

On August 10, Pops arrived to Sweet Binks and he had several minor wounds but one major abscess on his back. Because of his fur, you can not see that the infection ran all through his back, almost to his mid-section. Nasty wound and he is VERY lucky he was trapped before maggots got into that wound.... Pops is recovering but getting that infection under control will take a little time...He has drain now in which we flush out under his skin each day.

27 Rabbits Seized by Cranston Animal Control

On July 29th 2006, Cranston Animal Control and police seized 27 rabbits living in squalor. This was a meat rabbit operation being ran out of a 100 degree, dark, maggot/rat infested garage. Kudos to ACO Pat Maxwell, the Cranston animal control staff and the police for removing the rabbits (& chickens) from this living hell for animals. Sweet Binks took all 27 of the rabbits from the Cranston Animal Shelter. These rabbits were voluntarily surrendered (or the owner was going to be arrested.) These rabbits were only being fed 5 times a week and they were being fed green, moldy bread and what water was available was green with algae. These rabbits were being grown until they were big enough to slaughter or be sold at auction as meat rabbits. These are pictures taken at the scene from which they were confiscated. All 27 rabbits have been placed and thank you to all who adopted and assisted!

"Halloween 13" 2012 Rescue

13 rabbits were removed from deplorable conditions from a home in West Greenwich and came into Sweet Binks on Halloween day.  Shown is a surviving rabbit in a cage with his deceased/decomposing friends. This rabbit and the other 12 surviving rabbits went on to get healthy at Sweet Binks and adopted!

Burrillville Cruelty Case 2010

On November 3rd, Sweet Binks assisted the Burrillville Animal Control and the RISPCA with a neglect/cruelty case involving rabbits and some chickens and ducks.
Sweet Binks took in 22 rabbits from this situation and the chickens and ducks.
Below are some of the pictures taken on the day of removal from this home.

Sad life but Matilda went on to have a very loving home.

What was once a food dish?

This picture speaks for itself... All that was left was a tail, a complete tail.

The Valentine Rescue on February 14, 2014

Sweet Binks removed34 rabbits in deplorable conditions in a horse stall in Cranston with the assistance of the RISPCA on Valentine's Day. These rabbits were for “therapy” rabbits at this nonprofit farm. There were approximately 51 rabbits at one time in this horse stall. Person responsible plea bargained and Sweet Binks was awarded $3300 in restitution for the removal and care of these rabbits. We currently have 20 of these rabbits in our shelter and consider them sanctuary rabbits due to the severe illnesses from the mold exposure. Sweet Binks unfortunately has lost 12 of the original rabbits taken due to abscessed lungs, etc. We are always looking for sponsors to help with the care of these rabbits.

See the news cast regarding this case

If you would like to help us - help them, please consider a  donation or becoming a member of our organization. We would love your support and the buns entrusted into our care will be thankful as well. Sweet Binks is a 501c3 nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible. The rabbits we help rely on your support!