Photos: Inside ‘horrific’ home containing 150 rabbits

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Volunteers with Pound Buddies say they got the shock of a lifetime when they found more than 150 rabbits in a Muskegon home.

Shelter staff say they were called to the Catherine Avenue home after the tenants were evicted and left the animals behind.

Catherin Avenue home where rabbits were found
A June 21, 2019 photo shows the Catherine Avenue home where the rabbits were found.

Images sent to 24 Hour News 8 show garbage, debris, feces and rabbits throughout the home.

Debris, rabbits in Catherine Avenue home
Courtesy photos show the inside of a home on Catherine Avenue in Muskegon where about 150 rabbits were rescued. (Barb Sunderland Douyard)

“I was totally shocked. I never dreamed it was happening right there,” said neighbor William Anderson. 

Anderson said the couple who lived in the home were only there for a few years and mostly kept to themselves. 

“I don’t know what they started doing, but I guess raising bunnies,” said Anderson.

Rescued rabbits at Pound Buddies
Rescued rabbits rest in a cage at Pound Buddies in Muskegon Township. Volunteers say while they appear healthy, some of the rabbits’ ears were chewed off. (June 21, 2019)

Pound Buddies teamed up with Wonderland Rabbit Rescue and Harbor Humane Society to remove the rabbits from the home Tuesday.

One rescue volunteer told 24 Hour news 8 she’d never seen anything like it. She said while most of the rabbits looked healthy, many had parts of their ears chewed off.

Rescued rabbits at Pound Buddies
Rescued rabbits rest in a cage at Pound Buddies in Muskegon Township. Volunteers say while they appear healthy, some of the rabbits’ ears were chewed off. (June 21, 2019)

While about 50 of the rabbits have been taken to other shelters for care, most of the rabbits are being housed at Pound Buddies in Muskegon Township. Shelter workers say they now have just as many rabbits as dogs.

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Courtesy photos show some of the more than 100 rabbits rescued by Pound Buddies and two other groups. (Pound Buddies/Facebook)

Pound Buddies volunteers say the community has stepped up in a big way, agreeing to foster and adopt some of the bunnies.

“It’s just been awesome, the way the community has come out and people are coming in to volunteer and other rescue organizations that are helping to rehome them,” said volunteer Gina Doney.

The animal shelter still needs help. Pound Buddies is looking for additional volunteers age 18 or older to help it care for the rabbits and clean their cages. Pound Buddies says it’s also in need of donated supplies, including newspaper, water bottles and large creates.

Help needed! We are currently looking for additional help to care for over 100 rabbits that we removed from a horrific…

Posted by Pound Buddies on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

24 Hour News 8 reached out to Muskegon area authorities about possible charges, but all the agencies said they’re not investigating the case. The homeowners listed on property records were not immediately available for comment.

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