Pregnant rabbits tossed out moving car in New Orleans
POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 5:50pm
New Orleans, LA (WGNO) -- The search is on for the person who tossed two rabbits from a car in one of the area's largest parks. Witnesses say it happened Tuesday at Lafreniere Park.
"Very young, very sweet," said Gregory Rich from West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic.
Two rabbits at West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic aren't in the best of health, considering what happened to them Tuesday afternoon.
A witness saw them thrown from a car in Lafreniere Park.
"They were thrown with some malice," Rich said. "They were thrown with the idea I want to do harm to something."
Both rabbits now have broken legs.
One, has one rear leg broken, and the other has both of its rear legs broken.
"Since their legs are stabilized right now they should not be in pain."
"I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," neighbor Mitch McDowell said.
News of the animal cruelty case is spreading among park goers.
"You know, some people think that animals don't have rights," McDowell said. "Might be true, they're not human beings but they deserve to be treated with dignity and not be hurt."
"There we go; there we go."
Dr. Gregory Rich carefully patched up the hind legs.
He examined both rabbits and believes the are around six months old.
"Taking x-rays to see how bad the breaks are we all of a sudden realized both rabbits are pregnant. Both rabbits are incubating two babies each," Rich said. "So they've got some challenges. They've got to heal bones, nurture babies that are inside of them and then give birth."
"In four to six weeks they'll be functional, stable, and can move on."
"I certainly hope they find good homes that care for them of course," McDowell said.
The animals will be up for adoption in a few months.
The SPCA is offering a $1,000. dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.