Unnecessary & Dangerous Meds Given to Rescued Rabbits at LMRR 2013?

Even Though The Township of Waterford Shut Down the LMRR Business on Dec. 11th, 2012 they continue to take in rabbits and donations while housing them at private homes and fosters.
http://causes.worldpeacemeet.com/stoplmrr/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/LMRR-shut-down.pdf

It is greatly appreciated when any domestic rabbit has been taken in from the wild where it cannot possibly survive however, it is not appreciated when a “Proclaimed Educated Rescue” may unnecessarily be administering deworming medicines to rabbits without proper testing or may be administering toxic flea and tick medications.

According to LMRR they are not only administering deworming medicines to rescued domestic rabbits they are also using flea and tick soaks on the rabbits.



Rabbits do not routinely suffer from pathological intestinal worms and therefore unlike dogs and cats, they do not need to be wormed.  Rabbits can get worms, but the chances of that happening are Miniscule therefore rabbits should Not be treated for Worms or Coccidia (parasites) unless positive results have been found by proper testing.  Were these rabbits properly tested for worms or parasites? 

Have these specific rabbits been Quarantined and kept away from the other rabbits at LMRR’S foster home?  Are they advising the new Foster persons to keep the rabbits quarantined if they have pet domestic rabbits at their home?


 Flea and Tick Soaks?

SNIP from:  River Rescue Bunnies, Organized by LMRR
“We bought $40 worth of flea and tick soaks, and every rabbit has to be treated deeply, to make sure that all the fleas are dead before they go into foster. ALL the bunnies are urine-soaked, and they are all COVERED in bite wounds. COVERED. These bunnies are all suffering from fights and territorial attacks from all the other bunnies who are desperately seeking food”.

What dips are being used by LMRR for flea and tick treatment on rabbits? 
It is common knowledge that cat and dog dips, sprays and powders are toxic to rabbits and should Never be used, nor should stressful unnecessary bathing be done.  Several rabbits have died or experienced seizures after receiving treatment with these unapproved flea products: http://www.rabbit.org/journal/warren-wise/fleas.html

Please note that Revolution kills fleas, mites and is is a broad spectrum wormer too.  One single dose of this approved topical drug could have solved all three problems (if needed) without using dips or meds not approved for rabbits which are harder for the liver to metabolize.
Revolution or Advantage (safe rabbit meds) would have taken a prescription from a Vet, whereas meds such as dog and cat flea dips and wormers from tractor supply are cheaper meds used by breeders.


Flea/Tick Bathed & Wet Rabbits – Then Leaving the building in the Cold Weather for Foster Care?  

How many of these rabbits will suffer and die because of this Ignorance?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=469862653072198&set=a.165184760206657.40243.164967453561721&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=469890903069373&set=a.165184760206657.40243.164967453561721&type=1&theater

See LMRR River Rabbit Rescue Photos & Posts Here: http://causes.worldpeacemeet.com/stoplmrr/river-rescue-rabbits-covered-in-fleas/

According to the Department of Health Investigation dated 7/24/2012 a photo was taken at Little Miracles Rabbit Rescue of several discarded opened boxes of PetArmor a flea and tick preventative for dogs – a generic form of Frontline Top Spot.

https://picasaweb.google.com/MLMLPS43/LMRR#slideshow/5789888483315112946

Referencing the PetArmor Directions for use, the user is responsible for specific actions when applying or handling the given product; any departure from such directions is, in the eyes of the law, illegal use of the pesticide. If this product was used on domestic rabbits it is not only illegal according to the directions but also a strong argument of abuse.
http://pro.petarmor.com/MerchantUploads/edgeFidoPharm/PetArmorPackageInsert.pdf

According to this LMRR website they are fully aware this product is toxic to rabbits.
http://www.qrabbit.com/grooming-your-bunny.html


The references state LMRR used flea and tick soaks/dip on the River Rabbits claiming it was safe yet could not provide a name of the product when asked. They continually post photos of totally wet bathed rabbits when new rescues are taken in; yet on their website state how dangerous flea dipping or bathing a rabbit can be.

Fleas and Mites

The following products should NOT be used on rabbits:

  • Frontline (fipronil) has been linked to neurological damage and death in rabbits, although this product is apparently safe for dogs and cats. The manufacturer (Merial) has placed a warning on the Frontline label stating that Frontline should never be used on rabbits.
  • Flea powders, even those considered safe for cats and kittens or advertised as “rabbit safe”, are not recommended for use on rabbits.
  • Flea shampoos, even those considered safe for cats and kittens or advertised as “rabbit safe”, are not recommended for use on rabbits. Bathing of rabbits, in general, is strongly discouraged because the stress of the bath itself can cause serious health problems, and has in some cases been linked to the death of the rabbit. Flea baths or dips are NOT recommended for this reason.
  • For environmental flea control, sprays and “bombs” are not recommended, as they may leave harmful residue that the rabbit can ingest. Safer alternatives include borax and diatomaceous earth, worked into the carpet where fleas leave their eggs.


Safe treatments to prevent and kill fleas on rabbits include Advantage (imidocloprid), Program (lufenuron) and Revolution (selamectin). (Note: Advantage has been known, rarely, to irritate the skin of certain rabbits.) The latter is preferred, as it is also effective against various types of mites that cause symptoms of mange, ear canker, and “dandruff” (which is often caused by fur mites in the genus Cheyletiella). These products are available from your rabbit-savvy veterinarian. We use .4ml per rabbit of Advantage. For Revolution, we use the kitten dose and apply it between the shoulder blades once a month for at least three doses. Revolution is usually dosed at 6mg/kg. If you have the 60mg/ml solution (ie the kitten solution), use 0.1cc per kg of body weight (1kg = 2.2lb). If you have the 120mg/ml solution, use 0.05cc per kg of body weight. You’ll need a tuberculin syryinge (no needle!) from your vet to measure such a small quantity of liquid. Apply to the back of the neck or other area where the bunny can’t readily groom it off. It is essential to thoroughly clean your rabbit’s cage and exercise areas after each treatment to control reinfestation, since fur and dander in the environment may contain mite eggs.

A flea comb is a non-toxic device that takes more patience, but is both physically and psychologically rewarding. Most rabbits learn to love the attention of being flea combed, and it can be used as a supplement to your main flea-control program.
http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/groom.html#Fleas

Please file complaints with the following Authorities on their websites:

You may add a personal note at the bottom of the message however; we ask that you do not alter this complaint and send Only Professional Respectable messages without hearsay, gossip or mistruths about this facility.  Ask for a reply/verification so that you may follow up.

NJSPCA
Website:  http://njspca.org/report-abuse.htm

NJDOH – New Jersey Dept. of Health 
Website: 
http://www.state.nj.us/health/animalwelfare/contact.shtml

NJSPCA/ NJDOH,

I would like to file a complaint and ask for a proper Investigation into Little Miracles Rabbit Rescue regarding the possible use of factually documented unsafe Medicines being given to domestic rabbits at LMRR; this is considered inhumane and cruel.  This ignorance in turn is being taught to unsuspecting rabbit adopters and caretakers.
Reference: http://causes.worldpeacemeet.com/stoplmrr/unnecessarydangerous-meds-given-to-rescued-rabbits/



State Board of Veterinary Examiners
 

Website: 
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/vetmed/vet_contact.htm

State Board of Veterinary Examiners,

I would like to file a complaint and ask for a proper Investigation into LMRR regarding medicines and treatments possibly being administered unnecessarily and unsafely (toxic) to domestic rabbits without Veterinary Oversight.
References: http://causes.worldpeacemeet.com/stoplmrr/unnecessarydangerous-meds-given-to-rescued-rabbits/

New Jersey Statutes 45:16-8.1. Practice defined: Any person shall be regarded as practicing veterinary medicine within the meaning of this chapter, who, either directly or indirectly, diagnoses, prognoses, treats, administers, prescribes, operates on, manipulates, or applies any apparatus or appliance for any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound or physical condition of any animal, including poultry and fish, or who prevents or tests for the presence of any disease in animals, or who performs embryo transfers and related reproductive techniques, or who holds himself out as being able or legally authorized to do so. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnjst45_16_1_18.htm#s9