He's lost his equipment, his animals, his hard work of breeding show buns.
Animals that by all reports were healthy, but their cages weren't clean.
and YET the HRS folks TOOK those cages to house the rabbits in.
Hmmm.... seems a double standard that.
He can't have them in his garage, but they (HRS/ACC) most certainly CAN take them and use those same cages and keep them in THEIR garage.
Seems like court sanctioned theft.
And to add insult to injury... he has to pay bond and spay/neuter to get 15 of his favourite rabbits back.
AND should he ever want to breed rabbits again he is required to move.
And yet it happens more and more frequently.
Animal control gets involved and they do one of two things
1. charge too high of fees to retrieve the animals (surrender them or pay the fees now)
2. start spay/neuter of all animals immediately without waiting for a resolution of the case should people wish to fight the charges.
Either way, the owner, loses.
How do people protect themselves? HOW?
All it takes is one person complaining and one animal control officer deciding to take a pet fancy (as opposed to a breeder support viewpoint) and a person has lost everything. Smeared through the papers. Hate mail. Reputation destroyed.
Keep your rabbitries clean folks.
Keep your animals healthy.
And now it seems....keep them well hidden as too.
People wonder why breeder take a closed herd/door approach?
THIS is why.
It's not only herd health reasons, it's also a self-protection thing.
Protect your herd from nay-sayers and less than helpful minded folks.