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Sick Rabbits Loose In South Nashville Neighborhood

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by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A south Nashville neighborhood has been dealing with a rabbit overload after they multiplied in numbers quickly and were reportedly carrying an infection.

The bunnies reportedly had Coccidia, a treatable infection that can be transferred to other animals through feces.

Metro Animal Care and Control said once they received complaints about the rabbits and saw the conditions they were living in, the Nguyen family was ordered to get rid of the bunnies or face fines.

"There was plenty of fecal matter in the cages," said Billy Biggs, field operations supervisor for Metro Animal Control. "It hadn't been cleaned out in a long time. The stench was pretty rough."

The Nguyen family complied with orders to get rid of about 100 rabbits, but they weren't able to catch three of them.

The rabbit owner's son said the plan was never to eat or kill them, they just wanted to breed the rabbits as pets, and it just got out of control.

"Me and my dad we were running around the house trying to catch them, but they're 10 times faster than us," said Ahn Nguyen.

We asked Nguyen what they did with the rabbits, and he told us they released them into the wild.

Biggs was under the impression the family gave them away to friends. He said had he known their true plans, he would've taken the rabbits and adopted them out.

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