Pet rabbits found dumped in recycle bin in Winton

Bournemouth Echo: RESCUED: Fiona Prentice, veterinary assistant at ArkAid in Southbourne with the two abandoned rabbits. Picture: Richard Crease. RESCUED: Fiona Prentice, veterinary assistant at ArkAid in Southbourne with the two abandoned rabbits. Picture: Richard Crease.

TWO baby rabbits have been found after being dumped in a household electricals recycling bin in Winton.

Dave Bedford, 59, from Southbourne, was at work for W&M, when he unlocked the bin, situated in the recycling bank on Cranmer Road, before it was emptied into the lorry, at around noon last Monday.

To his surprise, at the bottom of the bin were two six to eight-week-old grey and white coloured bunnies.

He immediately phoned his boss and then called his wife, Lyn, 57, to bring a box to take them to the vets.

Lyn, a care assistant, said: “It frightened him because Dave wasn’t expecting some little eyes to be staring back at him.

“The bins are the type that you just post the electrical item through rather than lift the lid, so the person would have known what they were doing and the rabbits could only be rescued by someone with a key.

“They were absolutely covered with fleas and looked distressed and very nervous.

“No animal should have that done to them.

“Even if the owners were desperate, they should have dumped them at a rescue centre or vets, which I know are all full at the moment but it’s better than leaving them to meet their fate.”

The bunnies are now being temporarily looked after by Fiona Prentice, who works for the Ark Aid Veterinary Surgery, where the rabbits were taken, before they are well enough to be re-homed.

Fiona said: “They were hungry and are very bony and covered top to bottom in cat fleas. What people don’t realise is that the fleas can transmit myxomatosis, and I doubt that these rabbits have been vaccinated against it.

“They are both boys, and I believe that they are French lop rabbits, although I can’t tell until they are a bit older.

“I’m looking to rehome them rather than find their original owners, as quite honestly, they should be locked up.

“I have 11 rabbits to look after at the moment because all the rescue centres are full and this kind of thing is getting more and more common.

“However, it still shocks me now, every time one of these kind of stories surfaces.”

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10:40am Thu 19 Jan 12

uvox44 says...

words fail me-when will people realise that having a pet is a major commitment , it's not like buying a soft toy - personally I would like to see anyone who owns any sort of pet having to have a licence and that pet being microchipped so this barbaric action results in prosecution.
words fail me-when will people realise that having a pet is a major commitment , it's not like buying a soft toy - personally I would like to see anyone who owns any sort of pet having to have a licence and that pet being microchipped so this barbaric action results in prosecution. uvox44

10:56am Thu 19 Jan 12

Huey says...

uvox44 wrote:
words fail me-when will people realise that having a pet is a major commitment , it's not like buying a soft toy - personally I would like to see anyone who owns any sort of pet having to have a licence and that pet being microchipped so this barbaric action results in prosecution.
Lovely new home waiting for them at Canford Bottom roundabout.
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: words fail me-when will people realise that having a pet is a major commitment , it's not like buying a soft toy - personally I would like to see anyone who owns any sort of pet having to have a licence and that pet being microchipped so this barbaric action results in prosecution.[/p][/quote]Lovely new home waiting for them at Canford Bottom roundabout. Huey

11:03am Thu 19 Jan 12

hammer says...

That story made me hopping mad!
That story made me hopping mad! hammer

11:29am Thu 19 Jan 12

elite50 says...

I guess Fiona Prentiss now has fleas all over her!
Hmmmm!
Going to be a bit lonely this week-end?
I guess Fiona Prentiss now has fleas all over her! Hmmmm! Going to be a bit lonely this week-end? elite50

12:08pm Thu 19 Jan 12

The Renegade Master says...

Has Mary Bale moved to Winton?
Has Mary Bale moved to Winton? The Renegade Master

12:10pm Thu 19 Jan 12

a-nun&mouse says...

I doubt Fiona *Prentice* will be as lonely as you this weekend. You know all things considered, like your terribly intellectual sense of humour and innate ability to re-type someone’s name correctly when it's printed in front of your nose for you in black and white!
I doubt Fiona *Prentice* will be as lonely as you this weekend. You know all things considered, like your terribly intellectual sense of humour and innate ability to re-type someone’s name correctly when it's printed in front of your nose for you in black and white! a-nun&mouse

1:20pm Thu 19 Jan 12

mandamushkin says...

X Old Bill wrote:
Good grief! Fancy putting them in the WEEE bin.
Any idiot knows that they go in the yellow biological waste bin.
What are the local authority going to do about people putting hazardous waste in the wrong bin?
;-)
How dare you, you are as bad as the people that posted these poor little animals into the bank. No one knows how long they were in there. The poor things were absolutely traumatised, and it was a miracle that they werent hurt considering the METAL appliances that had also been posted into the bank. Lets just hope that they can go on to live happy lives with someone who loves them. The cruelty of animals is appalling and unfortunately seems to be getting worst
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Good grief! Fancy putting them in the WEEE bin. Any idiot knows that they go in the yellow biological waste bin. What are the local authority going to do about people putting hazardous waste in the wrong bin? ;-)[/p][/quote]How dare you, you are as bad as the people that posted these poor little animals into the bank. No one knows how long they were in there. The poor things were absolutely traumatised, and it was a miracle that they werent hurt considering the METAL appliances that had also been posted into the bank. Lets just hope that they can go on to live happy lives with someone who loves them. The cruelty of animals is appalling and unfortunately seems to be getting worst mandamushkin

3:03pm Thu 19 Jan 12

X Old Bill says...

mandamushkin wrote:
X Old Bill wrote:
Good grief! Fancy putting them in the WEEE bin.
Any idiot knows that they go in the yellow biological waste bin.
What are the local authority going to do about people putting hazardous waste in the wrong bin?
;-)
How dare you, you are as bad as the people that posted these poor little animals into the bank. No one knows how long they were in there. The poor things were absolutely traumatised, and it was a miracle that they werent hurt considering the METAL appliances that had also been posted into the bank. Lets just hope that they can go on to live happy lives with someone who loves them. The cruelty of animals is appalling and unfortunately seems to be getting worst
Oh dear - ...and some fell upon stony ground...
The young conies are safe now, don't take life so seriously when you don't have to do so.
[quote][p][bold]mandamushkin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Good grief! Fancy putting them in the WEEE bin. Any idiot knows that they go in the yellow biological waste bin. What are the local authority going to do about people putting hazardous waste in the wrong bin? ;-)[/p][/quote]How dare you, you are as bad as the people that posted these poor little animals into the bank. No one knows how long they were in there. The poor things were absolutely traumatised, and it was a miracle that they werent hurt considering the METAL appliances that had also been posted into the bank. Lets just hope that they can go on to live happy lives with someone who loves them. The cruelty of animals is appalling and unfortunately seems to be getting worst[/p][/quote]Oh dear - ...and some fell upon stony ground... The young conies are safe now, don't take life so seriously when you don't have to do so. X Old Bill

3:34pm Thu 19 Jan 12

dickie darcy says...

Got your rabbit costume on again have you,
grow a pear and stop rabbiting
leave the charity workers a be,they doin fine job

And shut your GOBSITE.
Got your rabbit costume on again have you, grow a pear and stop rabbiting leave the charity workers a be,they doin fine job And shut your GOBSITE. dickie darcy

3:40pm Thu 19 Jan 12

dickie darcy says...

elite50 wrote:
I guess Fiona Prentiss now has fleas all over her!
Hmmmm!
Going to be a bit lonely this week-end?
What you got then CRABS
You want some more fleas for thy cats than
Apologise to Fiona You subbo normo
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: I guess Fiona Prentiss now has fleas all over her! Hmmmm! Going to be a bit lonely this week-end?[/p][/quote]What you got then CRABS You want some more fleas for thy cats than Apologise to Fiona You subbo normo dickie darcy

4:57pm Thu 19 Jan 12

X Old Bill says...

X Old Bill wrote:
mandamushkin wrote:
X Old Bill wrote:
Good grief! Fancy putting them in the WEEE bin.
Any idiot knows that they go in the yellow biological waste bin.
What are the local authority going to do about people putting hazardous waste in the wrong bin?
;-)
How dare you, you are as bad as the people that posted these poor little animals into the bank. No one knows how long they were in there. The poor things were absolutely traumatised, and it was a miracle that they werent hurt considering the METAL appliances that had also been posted into the bank. Lets just hope that they can go on to live happy lives with someone who loves them. The cruelty of animals is appalling and unfortunately seems to be getting worst
Oh dear - ...and some fell upon stony ground...
The young conies are safe now, don't take life so seriously when you don't have to do so.
I note that the Echo moderator has had a sense of humour failure as well.
Maybe they should look at some of the other posts on here.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mandamushkin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Good grief! Fancy putting them in the WEEE bin. Any idiot knows that they go in the yellow biological waste bin. What are the local authority going to do about people putting hazardous waste in the wrong bin? ;-)[/p][/quote]How dare you, you are as bad as the people that posted these poor little animals into the bank. No one knows how long they were in there. The poor things were absolutely traumatised, and it was a miracle that they werent hurt considering the METAL appliances that had also been posted into the bank. Lets just hope that they can go on to live happy lives with someone who loves them. The cruelty of animals is appalling and unfortunately seems to be getting worst[/p][/quote]Oh dear - ...and some fell upon stony ground... The young conies are safe now, don't take life so seriously when you don't have to do so.[/p][/quote]I note that the Echo moderator has had a sense of humour failure as well. Maybe they should look at some of the other posts on here. X Old Bill

8:57pm Thu 19 Jan 12

JamesBond0070 says...

These two rabbits were somebody's pets. They are not suited to the English weather enviroment, and also their species does not exist in the wild in this country. A reponsible owner on not wishing to care for them any more would have either advertised that they had them to pass on free to a person wishing to own them or handed them over to the R.S.P.C.A. for them to try and attempt the same. Animal neglect and mis-treatment is for too common
in many countries of the world including Canada, where I live, perhaps a much enhanced penalties system everywhere for crime which has been too lightly treated may prove a partial answer.
These two rabbits were somebody's pets. They are not suited to the English weather enviroment, and also their species does not exist in the wild in this country. A reponsible owner on not wishing to care for them any more would have either advertised that they had them to pass on free to a person wishing to own them or handed them over to the R.S.P.C.A. for them to try and attempt the same. Animal neglect and mis-treatment is for too common in many countries of the world including Canada, where I live, perhaps a much enhanced penalties system everywhere for crime which has been too lightly treated may prove a partial answer. JamesBond0070

7:19am Fri 20 Jan 12

H2o-hara says...

JamesBond0070 wrote:
These two rabbits were somebody's pets. They are not suited to the English weather enviroment, and also their species does not exist in the wild in this country. A reponsible owner on not wishing to care for them any more would have either advertised that they had them to pass on free to a person wishing to own them or handed them over to the R.S.P.C.A. for them to try and attempt the same. Animal neglect and mis-treatment is for too common
in many countries of the world including Canada, where I live, perhaps a much enhanced penalties system everywhere for crime which has been too lightly treated may prove a partial answer.
There is alot this country could learn from abroad . Especially it's so called NHS.
[quote][p][bold]JamesBond0070[/bold] wrote: These two rabbits were somebody's pets. They are not suited to the English weather enviroment, and also their species does not exist in the wild in this country. A reponsible owner on not wishing to care for them any more would have either advertised that they had them to pass on free to a person wishing to own them or handed them over to the R.S.P.C.A. for them to try and attempt the same. Animal neglect and mis-treatment is for too common in many countries of the world including Canada, where I live, perhaps a much enhanced penalties system everywhere for crime which has been too lightly treated may prove a partial answer.[/p][/quote]There is alot this country could learn from abroad . Especially it's so called NHS. H2o-hara

8:39am Fri 20 Jan 12

JamesBond0070 says...

H2o-hara writes:- "There is a lot this country could learn from abroad. Esspecially it's so called NHS."
I think the writer is refering to the health services which by being funded on the most part by the federal government in both England and Canada has proved to be very much more cost efficient then the private health care systems in the U.S.A. and elsewhere. The Conservative government here in Canada, and possibly in England, is inclined towards privatisation in hopes
of securing vast profits for new medical corporations run by it's supporters, as in the U.S., by Republicans. I think both countries should look at Japan, where their health care expenditure is only half ours, yet with a slightly older population then either of our countries, people still live as long as we do here. A full four more years than the average U.S. resident.
H2o-hara writes:- "There is a lot this country could learn from abroad. Esspecially it's so called NHS." I think the writer is refering to the health services which by being funded on the most part by the federal government in both England and Canada has proved to be very much more cost efficient then the private health care systems in the U.S.A. and elsewhere. The Conservative government here in Canada, and possibly in England, is inclined towards privatisation in hopes of securing vast profits for new medical corporations run by it's supporters, as in the U.S., by Republicans. I think both countries should look at Japan, where their health care expenditure is only half ours, yet with a slightly older population then either of our countries, people still live as long as we do here. A full four more years than the average U.S. resident. JamesBond0070

2:10pm Fri 20 Jan 12

elite50 says...

a-nun&mouse wrote:
I doubt Fiona *Prentice* will be as lonely as you this weekend. You know all things considered, like your terribly intellectual sense of humour and innate ability to re-type someone’s name correctly when it's printed in front of your nose for you in black and white!
You are SO right.
After the word "weekend" there should be a new paragraph.
Oops!
Another flea in the works!
[quote][p][bold]a-nun&mouse[/bold] wrote: I doubt Fiona *Prentice* will be as lonely as you this weekend. You know all things considered, like your terribly intellectual sense of humour and innate ability to re-type someone’s name correctly when it's printed in front of your nose for you in black and white![/p][/quote]You are SO right. After the word "weekend" there should be a new paragraph. Oops! Another flea in the works! elite50

2:28pm Fri 20 Jan 12

elite50 says...

dickie darcy wrote:
elite50 wrote: I guess Fiona Prentiss now has fleas all over her! Hmmmm! Going to be a bit lonely this week-end?
What you got then CRABS You want some more fleas for thy cats than Apologise to Fiona You subbo normo
How to reply to this comment?
What (have) you got then. Crabs?
(Do you) want some more fleas for (your) cats (the word thy went out with Will. Shake.) than (?) Apologise (why the capital A?) to Fiona You (why the capital Y?) subbo normo.
Suggest you buy some rabbits, they may help you to communicate!
[quote][p][bold]dickie darcy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: I guess Fiona Prentiss now has fleas all over her! Hmmmm! Going to be a bit lonely this week-end?[/p][/quote]What you got then CRABS You want some more fleas for thy cats than Apologise to Fiona You subbo normo[/p][/quote]How to reply to this comment? What (have) you got then. Crabs? (Do you) want some more fleas for (your) cats (the word thy went out with Will. Shake.) than (?) Apologise (why the capital A?) to Fiona You (why the capital Y?) subbo normo. Suggest you buy some rabbits, they may help you to communicate! elite50

10:19am Sat 21 Jan 12

dickie darcy says...

HEY YOU GOBSIE
who art thou????????????
And dont say john or pete ffs
HEY YOU GOBSIE who art thou???????????? And dont say john or pete ffs dickie darcy

2:53pm Sat 21 Jan 12

X Old Bill says...

dickie darcy wrote:
HEY YOU GOBSIE
who art thou????????????
And dont say john or pete ffs
Obviously the Echo do not run a pro-active moderation system on these pages.
[quote][p][bold]dickie darcy[/bold] wrote: HEY YOU GOBSIE who art thou???????????? And dont say john or pete ffs[/p][/quote]Obviously the Echo do not run a pro-active moderation system on these pages. X Old Bill

8:01pm Sat 21 Jan 12

schmooz says...

Its amazing that some people can make such pathetic comments about an animals misfortune. Your childish comments/ "jokes" about this subject are quite frankly unfunny and inappropriate. Although I get the impression the comments written are purely to get peoples backs up, this makes you even more pathetic and sad.

These animals suffered and could have died if they were not found in time. How is that funny? You ARE as bad as the morons who dumped these poor animals in the first place. Gutless, unfunny losers.
Its amazing that some people can make such pathetic comments about an animals misfortune. Your childish comments/ "jokes" about this subject are quite frankly unfunny and inappropriate. Although I get the impression the comments written are purely to get peoples backs up, this makes you even more pathetic and sad. These animals suffered and could have died if they were not found in time. How is that funny? You ARE as bad as the morons who dumped these poor animals in the first place. Gutless, unfunny losers. schmooz

8:02pm Sat 21 Jan 12

schmooz says...

Its amazing that some people can make such pathetic comments about an animals misfortune. Your childish comments/ "jokes" about this subject are quite frankly unfunny and inappropriate. Although I get the impression the comments written are purely to get peoples backs up, this makes you even more pathetic and sad.

These animals suffered and could have died if they were not found in time. How is that funny? You ARE as bad as the morons who dumped these poor animals in the first place. Gutless, unfunny losers.
Its amazing that some people can make such pathetic comments about an animals misfortune. Your childish comments/ "jokes" about this subject are quite frankly unfunny and inappropriate. Although I get the impression the comments written are purely to get peoples backs up, this makes you even more pathetic and sad. These animals suffered and could have died if they were not found in time. How is that funny? You ARE as bad as the morons who dumped these poor animals in the first place. Gutless, unfunny losers. schmooz

8:51am Sun 22 Jan 12

speedy231278 says...

The literacy shown on this page sums up the state of this country.

"Who art thou?"

Wrong. "It's wherefore are thou". It's not meant to mean "who are you?", the actual meaning of the line was Juliet asking why off all the families, Romeo had to be a member of his, who were enemies of Juliet's family.

"Grow a pear". Sorry, it's the wrong time of year.

Now stop rabbiting and say something sensible. Hop it to it.
The literacy shown on this page sums up the state of this country. "Who art thou?" Wrong. "It's wherefore are thou". It's not meant to mean "who are you?", the actual meaning of the line was Juliet asking why off all the families, Romeo had to be a member of his, who were enemies of Juliet's family. "Grow a pear". Sorry, it's the wrong time of year. Now stop rabbiting and say something sensible. Hop it to it. speedy231278

9:52am Sun 22 Jan 12

uvox44 says...

wonder if some of the "humorous" comments here would seem so funny to their writers if it had been children abandoned instead of rabbits-but of course because they are a different species it's ok to mock, apparently, mind you that attitude isn't far from the racists who think it's ok to make jokes about the suffering in other countries because after all they aren't the same race as us....
wonder if some of the "humorous" comments here would seem so funny to their writers if it had been children abandoned instead of rabbits-but of course because they are a different species it's ok to mock, apparently, mind you that attitude isn't far from the racists who think it's ok to make jokes about the suffering in other countries because after all they aren't the same race as us.... uvox44

5:15pm Sun 22 Jan 12

Nigel Blumenthal says...

uvox44 wrote:
wonder if some of the "humorous" comments here would seem so funny to their writers if it had been children abandoned instead of rabbits-but of course because they are a different species it's ok to mock, apparently, mind you that attitude isn't far from the racists who think it's ok to make jokes about the suffering in other countries because after all they aren't the same race as us....
No, the comments would have been the same; children don't belong in the recycle bin either.

For heaven's sake, has the national sense of humour been legislated out of existence by the Elf 'n' Safety mob?
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: wonder if some of the "humorous" comments here would seem so funny to their writers if it had been children abandoned instead of rabbits-but of course because they are a different species it's ok to mock, apparently, mind you that attitude isn't far from the racists who think it's ok to make jokes about the suffering in other countries because after all they aren't the same race as us....[/p][/quote]No, the comments would have been the same; children don't belong in the recycle bin either. For heaven's sake, has the national sense of humour been legislated out of existence by the Elf 'n' Safety mob? Nigel Blumenthal

9:04pm Tue 7 Feb 12

bunnybaby says...

I love all animals and I especially love bunny's. And I can not believe that a person would do such a thing as put two hopeless little bunny's in a recycling bin! who ever those people are they should be put in jail! Thank you so much Fiona for helping those little bunny's! :)
I love all animals and I especially love bunny's. And I can not believe that a person would do such a thing as put two hopeless little bunny's in a recycling bin! who ever those people are they should be put in jail! Thank you so much Fiona for helping those little bunny's! :) bunnybaby

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