Group rescues more than a dozen rabbits abandoned in Nashville

Posted at 8:45 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 23:41:20-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — This past weekend, the animal rescue group Bunny Puffs Exotic Rescue says someone dumped more than a dozen rabbits at Lock Two Park in Nashville, with the rabbits left to fend for themselves.

That group says pet abandonment is up during the pandemic.

Kaycee Jane was part of a group that put out an alert on Facebook after someone found several rabbits, many bunnies, just dumped at the park.

"We all own rabbits, and I picture my rabbit out there or my dog out there, so I want to go out and catch him," said Kim Defreece, one of the volunteers out looking for one of the remaining rabbits.

While the group rescued several of the rabbits, they're still looking for at least two more bunnies -- likely still out in the brush, facing a second night in the cold.

"They're really not suited for the wild at all," Jane said. "He has no camouflage, the hawks can see him from way up there."

Kaycee says the pandemic has caused a surge of abandoned pets, prompted by a job or housing loss, or even just owners changing their minds.

Metro Animal Care and Control can take in pets of all kinds, including rabbits.

But Kaycee knows for those who don't choose that option, she'll be there, to help save what she can.