Neglect/Ignorance/Cruelty

Referencing photos from the DOH Investigation:

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It is common knowledge that rabbits can leave many loose droppings throughout the day; however it is not logical to believe that enclosures found with piles of hardened feces several inches high stuck together with urine happened in a two day period, nor should it be acceptable that a Rabbit Rescue does not clean each rabbit enclosure daily, provide proper food, clean water and needed Vet Care.

The challenge of disease control in most shelters is even greater than that faced by veterinary clinics.  Good sanitation prevents illness and also provides education to the public on proper care of adopted animals.

Diarrhea is an indication of a underlying Health Issue, why do many of these rabbits have diarrhea?  When rabbits are allowed to live in filth, they become sick from bacterial infections, parasite infestations, have breathing problems, or other sickness. Also, the animal will become depressed and suffer from emotional problems.  Painted wood can be toxic to rabbits if ingested, as well as treated and other types of wood.  LMRR takes in thousands of dollars in donations to care for rabbits, are these living conditions acceptable?

Rabbit’s cages should be very clean. Every day you should sweep out the old hay and food bits, wash the dishes (including the water bottle) or bowl, scoop out the used litter, clean food bowls and rabbits should never be left to sit in urine and feces which causes urine scald, infection and toxins which create respiratory issues. Every few months you should remove the rabbit from the area and thoroughly wash out the cage with non-toxic vinegar, not spay substances into the cage that can cause irritation, be inhaled or licked from the feet.

Is the President of LMRR a properly trained assistant, who is acting under the supervision of a licensed and practicing veterinarian?  Are the staff being held responsible in the absence of the President for the lack of cleaning also trained in giving meds or fluids to these animals?

Referencing photos from LMRR Facebook page
 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398534880204976.90653.164967453561721&type=3



This is Not how to properly give fluids to a rabbit – between the ears and neck!  http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/resources/Techniques/subq.aspx  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10XODWMV3uI

SubQ fluids need to be given where the fluid can easily pocket and absorb, the neck is not one of those areas.  It is very Clear to anyone with knowledge of rabbit care that these people are not properly trained, how many rabbits have suffered or died from this ignorance?

This is Not the proper way to give med’s, food or water as rabbits but instead should be given behind the incisors and squeezed gently sideways to avoid squirting food down the trachea.  Rabbits do not need de-wormed as stated in this photo, Albon is given for treatment of bacterial infections and coccidiosis and the feces should be tested prior treatment for this parasite.  Does LMRR have a Fecalyzer to properly test for coccidia before administering meds?  Were these rabbits diagnosed by a Veterinarian prior treatments?  Medicating rabbits unnecessarily can cause serious health issues.  http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00Man/VeterinaryTechniques/Indiv_TechniquesRabbit/Oral_medication_rabbits.htm

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html

 

 

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