HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A couple of boxes filled with almost two dozen rabbits and guinea pigs were found in an abandoned parking lot in Holyoke this week.
On Tuesday, the Holyoke Police Department got an anonymous call from someone reporting 15 bunnies and 8 guinea pigs. At first glance, they looked reasonably cared for, but looking closer, it was realized they are suffering from internal and external injuries.
Many of the rabbits and guinea pigs had parasites and were underweight. The T.J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center will be putting some up for adoption, but they had plans to transfer most to the MSPCA in Methuen, where there is a larger facility. However, it will be tough to let any go.
Pam Peebles, Executive Director of the T.J. O’Connor Animal Control/Adoption Center, told 22News, “They’re doing great, we’re actually enjoying these little guys. They are giant breed rabbits, which is great. They’re Flemish giant, New Zealand and Chinchilla mixes, which, we usually have tiny bunnies. This little critter is only two months old; he’s probably going to be an 18 to 20 pound rabbit when he’s done growing.”
Peebles said if you or anyone you know is having trouble taking care of an animal, call your local animal control officer or center and let them know sooner rather than later, so they can assist.
If you are interested in adopting, there are about six two-month-old rabbits available. Click here to find the operating hours of the T.J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.