* promotes responsible pet ownership
* enforces animal control ordinances including animal cruelty and neglect
* protects the public from nuisance animals running at large
A – Court fine of $25.00 for Hoarding 80 – 100 Domestic Rabbits in Filth and Sickness, then dumping them in the Wild.
According to the Animal Control Report dated 6/15/2013: TN AC report
Complaints were called in of owner breeding rabbits, they get out and run all over the neighborhood.
Ahn Nguyen was found with 80-100 rabbits living in bad unclean conditions that did not meet code, owner removed rabbits on the side of the road. He was told to clean the mess up and do something with the rabbits by 6/21/13. He was given a Citation for Animal Cruelty.
7/3/13 Owner still had 3 rabbits running loose and was told to trap them and bring them to AC and appear in Court on 7/10/13.
7/9/13 Owner stated he got 6 rabbits and a chicken and stated he gave them to a friend. No rabbits or chicken were found around the property.
News Channel 5 Report and Video: http://www.newschannel5.com/story/22658759/sick-rabbits-loose-in-south-nashville-neighborhood
Not included in the AC Report: “There was plenty of fecal matter in the cages,” said Billy Biggs, field operations supervisor for Metro Animal Control. “It hadn’t been cleaned out in a long time. The stench was pretty rough and the rabbits were bunched together”.
News Report: We asked Nguyen what they did with the rabbits, and he told us they released them into the wild.
Biggs was under the impression the family gave them away to friends. He said had he known their true plans, he would’ve taken the rabbits and adopted them out.
News Report Nashvillecitypaper.com: http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/possible-meat-operation-leads-toxic-rabbits-loose-south-nashville
The hutch was overrun with rabbits, they were coming out of sewage drains; under cars, in yards as far as a block away.
A Local Rescue was able to catch four of the rabbits. One of them died from a gangrene infection shortly thereafter. The remaining three were taken to a veterinarian, who made an alarming discovery. All three of the rabbits were infected with coccidia, a parasite that can be transferred between animals. If a dog or cat ingested the rabbits’ feces, it could contract the infection, according to Grassmere AnimalHospital. The rabbits were later found to have Hepatic coccidiosis the liver form of coccidiosis and they did not make it.
“It just happens. We can’t really control what they do,” Nguyen said. “We just wanted to raise the rabbits and give them life. It’s just like buying a bunch of birds and letting them go and give them life.”
Backyard Rabbit Breeders are being cited for Animal Cruelty & Neglect, including 375 rabbits being confiscated from the Vice President of the Indiana State Rabbit Breeders Association who is no longer permitted to breed rabbits.
The dumping of domestic rabbits is becoming a serious animal cruelty issue and is resulting in feral domestic rabbits populating, suffering and dying excruciating deaths. Wild rabbits are very well equipped to survive in the wild – domestic rabbits do not have such instincts and cannot survive when dumped in the wild having an average life expectancy of three days before it is typically brutally killed by a predator or even a human. Domestic Rabbits do not have the capability to fend for themselves and need proper care and food and shelter, if you cannot provide this they should be surrendered to a shelter; otherwise you will cause them great suffering. The rabbits may appear to be healthy however, being Prey animals they will hide any health problems so not to be singled out by a predator. Backyard breeders are in need of regulation as the Rabbit Rescues are overflowing with unwanted and dumped rabbits.
This family blatantly allowed rabbits to reproduce, live in filth and go without proper Vet Care and publically admitted on more than one news video/interview to releasing the rabbits into the wild where they cannot survive and will suffer and die horribly, and they released them with illness that could be contracted by any animal eating its feces. 80 – 100 rabbits! This irresponsible behavior is deliberate Cruelty to Animals and was taken lightly by the owners, Animal Control and the Court.
Animal Control did not follow up on where the rabbits were “given”, nor did they site the owner for dumping the rabbits in the woods. 80 to 100 rabbits, where are they?
On 7/10/2013 the Court Judge found the accused guilty of one Count of Animal Cruelty and given a fine of $25.00. Court Ruling
1. According to the Ordinance No. BL2005-859 (8.12.080 - Companion animal hoarding) the owners were guilty of not one but Several Violations including Hoarding.
We are requesting that the Code of Laws be honored and sections 1 through 6 be applied while not permitting ownership of future rabbits and that the remaining animals in their care be monitored and Sterilized if not cared for properly. We are asking that the Cruelty to Animals statute 8.12.030 be honored regarding the abandoned rabbits dumped in the Woods and that Animal Offender School be honored for the Guilty Violation of Animal Cruelty.
2. 8.12.030 – Cruelty to animals prohibited: http://www.animallaw.info/local/loustnnashville.htm#s8.12.030
B. .No person shall fail unreasonably or cause another person to fail unreasonably to provide adequate food, water, care or shelter to any animal in the person’s custody or to abandon any animal in the person’s custody.
3. 8.12.090 – Animal offender school: http://www.animallaw.info/local/loustnnashville.htm#s8.12.030
A. There shall be established, under the supervision of the animal control division of the department of health, an animal offender school for the purpose of providing education about proper animal care and cruelty prevention to persons found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be in violation of any provision of this title.
ORDINANCE NO. BL2005-859
An Ordinance to amend the Metropolitan Code of Laws to address the hoarding of animals in poor sanitary conditions.
A. For the purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them by this section:
“Adequate Care” shall include but not be limited to medical treatment for illness, injury, disease, excessive parasitism, or any malformations.
“Adequate Food” means food that is not spoiled or contaminated and is of sufficient quantity and quality to meet the normal daily requirements for the condition and size of the animal and the environment in which it is kept. An animal shall be fed or have food available at least once each day, unless a licensed veterinarian instructs otherwise, or withholding is in accordance with accepted agricultural or veterinarian practices.
“Adequate Shelter” means a structure or enclosure which provides an animal with protection from the elements (weather), which structure or enclosure must have a roof, floor and three sides, and be of sufficient size as to allow each animal to stand up, lie down and turn around in a natural position.
“Adequate Water” means fresh, potable water provided at suitable intervals for the species, and which, in no event, shall exceed 24 hours at any interval. The animal must have access to the water.
“Companion animal” means domesticated animals kept in or near the household for the primary purpose of companionship for member(s) the household and/or companionship for other such animals. This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, ferrets, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and species that a reasonable person would consider to be a pet. Any animal defined as “wildlife” by MCL 8.16.010 shall not be considered a companion animal for the purposes of this section. The keeping of fowl, swine, cattle, cows, sheep, horses, mules or goats shall not be governed by this section but shall be governed by other applicable sections of this Code.
“Person” means any individual, firm, partnership or corporation, or authorized agent or representative of a person, partnership or corporation.
B. No person may possess, lodge, or maintain over five companion animals if such a person displays a general disregard for the conditions under which the animals are living, including, but not limited to, failing to provide all of the following to all of the companion animals in his care: adequate food, water, shelter, and care.
C. A person in violation of this section 8.12.080 is guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction for companion animal hoarding, the court may order that the person do any or all of the following:
1. Be precluded from owning, harboring, or having custody or control of companion animals for a period of time that the court deems reasonable.
2. Participate in available animal cruelty prevention program(s) or educational program(s), or both.
3. Undergo a behavioral health evaluation and comply with any recommendations resulting from the evaluation.
4. Forfeit to Metro Animal Control animals that are the basis of conviction.
5. Sterilize the companion animals, with sterilization being mandatory upon a second violation.
6. Pay appropriate fees and fines.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: http://www.change.org/petitions/nashville-mayor-and-animal-control-honor-the-animal-cruelty-code-of-laws