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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – Dozens of rabbits are recovering after they were found living in frigid temperatures and unsanitary conditions outside of a Bucks County home last week.
The Bucks County SPCA rescued 30 rabbits Thursday after receiving an anonymous tip.
“Some of them may have frozen to death,” said Nikki Thompson, the chief humane officer with the Bucks County SPCA.
The rabbits were found at a home on Big Oak Road in Lower Makefield. The SPCA says they found many of the rabbits living on top of their own feces and several had ear mites.
“The owner did agree to surrender the animals even though he knew he was going to be charged,” said Thompson.
That owner, identified as Henry Guzikowski, was previously found guilty of animal cruelty in 2014 when he had 20 rabbits removed from his care. And in August of 2018 when he was charged in New Jersey for cruelty involving chickens, ducks and pigs.
It’s just January but Thompson said it’s already been a strange year in terms cruelty and hoarding situations.
“A lot of what I’m seeing either has to do with mental illness. It’s getting out of control and they don’t realize how many they have. Financial constraints are another big thing we see,” she said.
Aside from several rabbits receiving treatment for eye and ear issues, Thompson said all 30 are in generally good health.
The rabbits are now being spayed and microchipped so they can be adopted from the SPCA office in Lahaska.