MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The case of an abandoned pet rabbit had a happy ending last week when animal control officials rescued the abused pet from the side of the road in Mahopac Falls and later reported that after some medical attention, the bunny was adopted.

On Monday, Dec. 18, officials from the Putnam County SPCA said they received a call from the Carmel Police Department about a possible case of abandonment and animal cruelty. Good Samaritans had reported  sighting a rabbit in a cage on the side of the road at the intersection of Red Mills Road and Hill Street. The Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division responded and found a white and black spotted male dwarf mix rabbit in a cage on the side of the road in a grassy area. SPCA officers removed the rabbit and cage and brought it to PetKraze, a pet store in Brewster, where the animal was cared for.

The rabbit was found to have very long nails on its paws as well as urine-soaked fur. The cage had no water and contained a large amount of feces.

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While the rabbit has found a new home and is reported to now be in good health, the PCSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division is seeking those responsible for abandoning the pet. Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the culprit(s). Animal neglect and abandonment are misdemeanors under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law and each charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or a combination.

Call the Putnam County SPCA 24-hour hotline at 845-520-6915. All calls will remain confidential.