Bunny spotted outside Stuyvesant Town

Jan3 Bunny by Susannah Appelbaum

This bunny is now at ABC Hospital. (Photo by Susannah Appelbaum)

By Sabina Mollot

Stuyvesant Town residents have been wondering about the origins of a bunny that appeared in the neighborhood over the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, the critter was seen outside Ess-a-Bagel on First Avenue. One resident, Lola Franco, told Town & Village the bunny seemed fine when she went to scoop it up so she left it be, later hearing that ST/PCV Public Safety officers had managed to capture it. However, she later went back for it, concerned that the creature could end up euthanized at a shelter. She brought it home and a few hours later, her daughter, who works at the nearby ABC Animal Hospital, took the bunny to work with her for a checkup.

“I’m sorry I didn’t keep it,” Franco admitted. “He was cute.”

The following day, another resident posted on the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association Facebook page about a gray and white bunny sighting at 20th Street and First Avenue. Franco said this was after the other bunny had been caught she didn’t think it was the same bunny seen by different people.

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Hoppy ending: Bunnies rescued from hoarder’s home are put up for adoption

One of the bunnies at an adoption event held at the former Police Academy building (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

One of the bunnies at an adoption event held at the former Police Academy building (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

About a dozen bunnies that were rescued from the home of an animal hoarder found new homes during an adoption event in the former Police Academy building on Saturday.

The 50 bunnies up for adoption at the event were just a small portion of the nearly 200 rabbits that had been rescued last January in Brooklyn from bunny hoarder Dorota Trec, who was arrested for animal cruelty. When the rabbits were rescued, Ani-Care Hospital in Pennsylvania took custody of 150 of the bunnies and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey became responsible for 77. The total count of rabbits from the seizure was ultimately around 230 because some of the rabbits were pregnant at the time; the event last Saturday had at least one mother-daughter pair up for adoption.

The adoption event was hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Ani-Care Hospital and the NYPD.

Natasha Whitling of the ASPCA said that the use of the former Police Academy space was made possible through the ASPCA’s partnership with the NYPD, which still uses the building on East 20th Street as a candidate assessment center.

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