Rescue group raises concerns about discovery of 77 rabbits

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A Marietta-based rabbit rescue group is raising concerns about the recent discovery of nearly 80 rabbits in a Dunwoody home.
Last month, Dunwoody police serving “failure to appear” warrants on a Cobb Drive home, found 77 rabbits, most of them roaming around a house that officers described as full of rabbit feces.
“This one is considerably bad and quite sad,” said Johna Mennone, communications director for the Georgia House Rabbit Society.  “We have 11 in our care and those 11 have received the medical attention and care that they needed.”
Mennone said her group is trying to rescue another 40-plus rabbits that remain at an RV park in Bremen.
“We’re concerned those rabbits aren’t healthy and need medical attention,” she said. “Our greatest concern is that they will not be spayed or neutered.”
Mennone told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik her rescue group is familiar with the accused hoarder, Dena Guevara, because she has brought rabbits to their facility in the past. Mennone said many hoarders become attached to their animals and will continue to hoard until they are forced to stop.  Dunwoody police charged Guevara, Louis Masood and Jessica Ly with animal cruelty.
“We’re afraid in this instance they might be trying to reclaim some of these rabbits,” said Mennone.
Petchenik attempted to reach Guevara at her home Friday, but a woman inside refused to answer the door and said she would have an attorney contact Petchenik with further comment.

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