"They were very helpful and very knowledgeable on the rabbits. They came in and went through the cages with me, step by step, rabbit by rabbit, and let us know which needed to be vet checked. I released a majority of the rabbits to them," said Shawn Stevens, with Harrison County Animal Control.
That group is Bunny Feathers Rabbit Rescue out of Morgantown. One volunteer, who asked to have her name stay confidential, said these rabbits were in the worst conditions they've seen.
"We found everything from flea infestations, mites, other parasites, urine scald, rotting flesh, bite wounds. The Angoras were the worst matted rabbits we've seen in over 26 years of doing rescue work. At least one has a neural disorder, and one small rabbit has the corneas of both eyes ulcerated," explained the representative.
But Bunny Feathers didn't get all the rabbits. More than 60 were adopted to the public on Saturday, April 5, and 12 were available for adoption on Thursday. There was a line of people waiting for them with some who waited more than two hours.
Representatives said that all the rabbits will have some problems, and there are things to look for if you got one of them.
"A lot of these rabbits look fine, but they should be quarantined for three weeks and watched closely. If they see sneezing, runny nose, noisy breathing, head tilt, incoordination, diarrhea, or if the rabbits are not eating properly they need to go to a vet," the volunteer said.
Bunny Feathers also said it's important to get the rabbits spayed or neutered.
Bunny Feathers Rabbit Rescue is getting the rabbits all the vet care they need, and then they will be available for adoption in a few weeks.