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Rabbits, some dead, found dumped along Figueroa Mountain Road

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One of the rabbits reportedly dumped along Figueroa Mountain Road recently. (Photo: B.U.N.S.) One of the rabbits reportedly dumped along Figueroa Mountain Road recently. (Photo: B.U.N.S.)

Authorities want to remind people that animal abandonment is against the law after more than a dozen rabbits were rescued after reportedly being dumped along Figueroa Mountain Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. 

Santa Barbara County Animal Services says it responded to the area the afternoon of August 2 after someone reported seeing between 20 and 30 rabbits in distress along the road. 

Fourteen rabbits were rescued by animal control officers, Good Samaritans and volunteers, officials say, but six others were found dead. 

Officials say it was more than 100 degrees in the area at the time, which may have lead to some of the animals' deaths. They add that predators could have also taken some, so the exact number of rabbits dumped is not known.

Animal Services says there are options for owners who no longer can care for rabbits, including B.U.N.S. (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter). 

Anyone with information on who may have abandoned the rabbits found earlier this month is asked to call La PAWS at (805) 737-7755. 

A $500 reward is being offered by B.U.N.S. to anyone able to provide information that leads to the prosecution of the person or persons responsible in this case. 


 

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