COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Between 50 and 70 rabbits were abandoned alongside Mark Dabling Boulevard, about one mile north of Mr. Bigg?s in Colorado Springs, Sunday night.
Dreampower Animal Rescue responded to the situation, and several members of the community also arrived to assist in the rescue of the animals.
The Humane Society did not send any personnel out to the situation, something they said was a mistake.
?The officers didn?t realize the scope or severity of the situation, so we didn?t respond last night,? said Joe Stafford, director of animal law enforcement.
Stafford said the Humane Society realized their error, and are now putting their resources into assisting Dreampower Animal Rescue and conducting a criminal investigation.
?They look like your typical large white domestic rabbits and it?s not very common that someone would own 40 or 50 of those rabbits so at this point we?re just looking for information from the public that would lead us to a potential person that could be involved,? said Stafford.
Stafford told KRDO Newschannel 13 that there is a possibility that the individuals responsible for dropping off the animals could face charges of animal cruelty.
?There is a misdemeanor version of that which carries certain fines. There is also a felony version of that as well, and depending on whether it was a misdemeanor or felony there would be commensurate penalties with that,? said Stafford.
The Humane Society said they are offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to a summons or an arrest. Anybody with information is urged to call 473-1741.
KRDO Newschannel 13 was told that those wanting to adopt one of the rabbits should contact Dreampower Animal Rescue at 390-7838. If interested, Dreampower Animal Rescue requests that you fill out an adoption application for the rabbits at www.dreampower.org.