Praise Police for Saving Rabbits from Frigid Temperatures

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Target: New York Police Commissioner, William J. Bratton

Goal: Praise the police department for saving over 174 rabbits from frigid temperatures.

Authorities seized a large number of rabbits that were spotted living in an unsheltered garden yard in Brooklyn, New York. They took the rabbits to keep them safe from New York’s frigid winter temperatures. Over 174 rabbits were taken to a shelter and were being examined by a veterinarian at Animal Care and Control of New York City (AC&C).

The police were responding to a 911 call from a witness who saw the rabbits running around in snow. They called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and AC&C to the owner’s home to assist with the investigation and to decide if the environment was suitable for the animals. The authorities warned the owner of the animals, Dorota Trec, that the yard was not a safe environment for that number of animals. They instructed her to provide a more suitable shelter for her pets.

After their initial visit and warning to the owner, they received more complaints from witnesses. The police returned to the yard and with the advice of animal welfare organizations, deemed that the animals were not living in a suitable environment. They obtained warrant to seize 74 rabbits. On January 29, 2015, the authorities came back to the garden yard and seized over 100 more rabbits. Reports state that the rabbits suffered from a number of diseases, including syphilis.

Please sign this petition to thank the NYPD, ASPCA, and AC&C for saving these rabbits from their unsuitable living conditions.


Dear Commissioner William J. Bratton,

New York has been braving a very icy winter and it was incredible to hear that the New York Police department rescued over 174 rabbits that were living in a snowy unsheltered garden yard. It took multiple visits from the police to discover just how many animals Dorota Trec allegedly had living on her property. The initial warning did not do anything to help the rabbits, but thanks to all of the concerned witnesses and animal welfare organizations, the authorities were able to come back and seize all of the animals.

It is clear that the cold temperatures would have quickly killed the rabbits. It was painful to hear that some of the animals suffered from sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses. I hope that the animal welfare organizations and the veterinarians were able to nurse the other animals back to good health.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Sabina Weilbier says:

    Thank you for saving these rabbits from a horrible existence that the “owner”, Dorota Trec, in her naievete sentenced them to. Rabbits in the wild live in snug burrows or brush thickets sheltered from the worst of the elements. Their lives are often short due to predation and any that fall sick are usually picked off quickly and not left to linger and suffer. Rabbits are definitely not at home mincing across asphalt strewn with broken glass and other rusty or sharp objects in a concrete jungle, suffering for months with painful conditions such as rabbit syphillis or tooth abscesses caused by inappropriate pellet food. Rabbits NEED grass (or hay), weeds, bark and twigs to chew and gnaw to keep their ever growing teeth in trim). The woman who claims to love them doesn’t know the FIRST THING about European rabbits – from which all the rabbits seized are descended. European rabbits make delightfully quiet, gentle, very clean (no body odor and they can be litterbox trained), indoor pets – I should know. If Ms Trec is found guilty of animal cruelty and or neglect, I would like to suggest that the sentence also compel her to attend an education session with the House Rabbit Society.

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