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Injured bunny is now on the mend

PUBLISHED: 15:08 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 11 August 2010

A RABBIT was found with horrific injuries, after its owners cruelly abandoned it in the street. Christine Thomas took in the French Lop after a woman phoned to say she had discovered the creature in a box by the roadside in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham. Ch

A RABBIT was found with horrific injuries, after its owners cruelly abandoned it in the street.

Christine Thomas took in the French Lop after a woman phoned to say she had discovered the creature in a box by the roadside in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham.

Christine, 18, who runs a rabbit rescue centre at her home in nearby Reede Road, is currently looking after after 28 unwanted bunnies.

She said: "It was the worst case of neglect I have ever seen. Her injuries were horrific. Her ears were oozing blood, she was covered in mites and crusty wounds, and there were abscesses on her paws."

The furry newcomer is now on the mend since Christine took it too the Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic in Ilford.

She thinks the owners may have abandoned their pet to avoid paying the cost of having it treated.

She said: "It's cost me £285 in vet bills so far, so maybe they didn't want to fork out the money - especially now there's a credit crunch.

"Or maybe she got too big for them. She's huge - about 4ft long."

Christine, who is studying to be an animal assistant, says an increasing number of people have been abandoning their rabbits or handing them over to her during the last couple of months.

"A lot of people will buy one as a present for their child at Easter time, and then when it gets cold around this time of year they decide they don't want to go outside and clean the hutch. So they end up giving the animal away."

She said buying a rabbit was too easy and too cheap, and that pet shops needed to give better animal care advice to customers.

Despite its injuries, the rabbit is now looking much happier.

Christine said: "At first she was huddled in the corner of her cage as if she didn't want to be seen. Now she's having a sniff around and seems a lot more content."

To help raise funds to cover the rabbit's vet bills Christine is running a competition to name the bunny. Each name suggestion costs two pounds.

To adopt one of Christine's rabbits call her: (020) 8595 4592.


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