At Tim’s Reptiles and Exotics, the bunnies looked “deflated.”
The rabbits at the Pulaski County, Kentucky, store were so undernourished, says Shalimar Oliver, animal crimes manager for the HSUS, that they had almost no body fat, leaving their skin and fur “rolling around” loosely. Their cages were rusted and full of cobwebs, and Oliver recalls a water bowl that “was just filled with black gunk, and there was nothing for them to drink.”
When Oliver came across a water dragon lying limp inside a cage, she initially thought the animal was dead. The store’s “beautiful” Burmese python appeared to have mites, an eye infection and upper respiratory issues, Oliver says. “She was blowing giant snot bubbles when we pulled her out of that enclosure.”
Some of the cages were so filthy and tanks so full of algae-laden water that “we couldn’t even see, at first, that there were actually fish or animals in them,” notes Adam Parascandola, HSUS vice president for Animal Rescue and Response.