Crazy Bunny Lady?!

Who hasn't heard of a crazy cat lady? What about crazy bunny ladies?!  With the increase in foreclosed properties over the last few years, Realtors are seeing their share of abandoned pets. We hear of dogs or cats being left behind in foreclosed homes, but what about bunnies? abandoned bunnies after a home foreclosure?A few days ago I showed a foreclosed property to a client. She's looking for something around the Atwater Village, Glassell Park area that is within her budget. We found a small house on a huge lot and she really liked it. We also found a bunny rabbit running around in the back yard. The lot of this property is more than 8,000 sf. That's  lots of room for a rabbit to roam but we  both worried about the rabbit. It was small and frightened and we both guessed that it had been someone's Easter present that was simply left behind when the family moved out of the house. As much as rabbits might like open spaces, they can fall prey to dogs and coyotes and any number of larger animals out looking for dinner. When my client left, I called every pet store in the vicinity looking for one that sold rabbit food.  After some online research, I returned the next day with timothy hay and  a bag of rabbit food. The bunny was in the same spot he'd been on my last visit and no more interested in human interaction than previously but I put out hay and food and made sure there was fresh water available. elmer fudd hunting wabbitsThe next day I came back to the property with a cage large enough for a Golden Retriever and my husband in tow. When we arrived, there was the bunny in the same spot but this time we found a second bunny as well!  Two hours of chasing rabbits ( I felt like Elmer Fudd) and guiding them where we wanted, we ended up with two young bunnies in the cage.  My client wants to buy the property and would raise the bunnies after it closes, and I told her I would keep the rabbits for her until she could complete the transaction and build a safe enclosure for them. My husband and I carried the crate to the car, when we were surprised by the sound of a woman yelling in Spanish and a little boy crying. I couldn't tell if she was yelling at me or the child but moments later a teenage girl came from the apartment complex next door and asked what we were doing with the bunnies.  I explained that the house had been foreclosed and the bunnies had apparently been abandoned by the former owner.  Someone needed to take responsibility for caring for the abandoned pets and I had taken it upon myself to do that rather than call the humane society. How many bunnies make a crazy bunny lady?Not so fast.... The girl and the crying boy (her little brother), took me down the block and around the corner to one of their neighbor's homes.  An older German woman came down the stairs and explained that the rabbits were hers!  I can't tell you what her living conditions actually are, but from the street it was not a pretty site.  She was pleasant enough, but when I asked about the rabbits she could not tell me how many she actually has. It started with a pair and well, you know how it is with rabbits. Apparently she has so many that  the neighbors are used to and expect rabbit running around freely between the houses and apartment buildings! Sure, I gave her the rabbits it took us two hours to catch. Do I feel silly? You bet! But then again, I'm glad I did what I thought was the right thing at the time. Now I'm wondering if this crazy bunny lady should be reigned in?  If she were raising dogs or cats by the truckload and letting them roam freely, she'd certainly have the law after her. I'm not clear on what the law is regarding rabbits but I guess I'll take the time to find out now ! Jenny Durling signature Jenny Durling Broker Associate L.A. 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#1 By Jenny Durling at 1/26/2012 0:37 PM

It was a crazy experience to say the least! I really do wonder how many 'pet' rabbits this woman actually has!

#2 By Julie at 1/20/2012 9:46 AM

Oh my goodness! I just read this. I hadn't realized all the details of the bunny chase before. Well written! Maybe Russian Rabbit Lady will turn up on Animal Hoarders someday soon. You can say you knew her when...

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