More than a dozen rabbits are receiving some much-needed TLC after being dumped along a rural road in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Fourteen bunnies were rescued from the location on Figueroa Mountain Road while six did not make it.
"These particular rabbits, the ones that were caught on Figueroa Mountain, this is one of them. She's a girl. All the rabbits were girls," explained Jean Silva, volunteer at Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS).
Brownie is just one of 11 rabbits recently rescued and now being cared for at the BUNS headquarters in Goleta.
A little over a week ago, life was much different for these bunnies.
"One of them we literally caught by crawling through the brush and we had a volunteer on all four sides of the bunny and we just kept crawling closer and closer to the bunny," Silva continued.
Another was rescued from a hollow log.
"A smart little bunny to find a hollow log to hide in," Silva said.
Silva was just one of the rescuers. A Good Samaritan called in and reported 20 to 30 rabbits were loose on Figueroa Mountain Road.
Out of the 14 rescued alive, their color, size, shape and features were indicators they are domestic rabbits.
"All of these rabbits were fairly young. Some of them appear to be a few years old and have the appearance that they've been bred a lot," said Stacy Silva of Santa Barbara County Animal Services.
"Dumping rabbits is simply wrong," added Jean Silva.
Abandonment of an animal is illegal. It also leads to overpopulation.
"We've all heard the saying 'they breed like rabbits.' They can start reproducing as young as four months and they can have several litters throughout the year," Stacy Silva continued.
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is looking into who might have dumped them. BUNS is offering a $500 reward and an Animal Rescue Team in Santa Ynez is offering $1,000.
Two of the rabbits are being cared for by a Good Samaritan. Another is at the Animal Shelter in Lompoc.
The bunnies should be ready for adoption by the second week of September. The adoption fee is $30.
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is asking anyone with information about these rabbits or the person responsible for dumping them to contact LaPAWS at (805) 737-7755.