My son went over to out old house yesterday where we still have rabbits housed as he had people coming to buy a pair of our New Zealand's.. As he opened the rabbit shed door, he was greeted with the neighbor's little white terrier, covered in blood and rabbit fur everywhere. He grabbed shovel, but dog managed to get out and ran over to privacy fence and back under hole he had dug. The dog had dug a hole under our fence, then he dug a hole under the rabbit shed and got in. He must've been trying to pull rabbits through bottoms as no cages were open. I think he may have gotten his head inside the door to the two older does and got at them, the door has a spring so he went shut when he got out. Son called me furious and I had to talk him down. Once I got home, we surveyed the rabbits, 2 of the older does had to be put down, they were barely hanging one. The other 6 that were in lower cages had broken toes and fur missing, they looked rough. I think some may have had some torn muscle and/or broken limbs. We ended up having to butcher those 6 last night, not what I had planned for the evening. We waited too long, we had planned to butcher a few for the freezer anyway, but the boy wanted to sell some as breeding stock. A few of them were a little fatty and skin was tough to pull off, but they will cook up well in a slow cooker. I am giving 3 of them to my BIL to put in his smoker, he has become a smoking expert. I guess out of the 6 rabbits, we ended up with 45-50#'s of dressed meat, Yummmm!!!!
I had a little chat with the neighbors, they thought their dog had gotten in our yard and got a mole or squirrel. The told me they did not know we had rabbits and were offering to pay for the ones we lost. I told them I wasn't there for money, but to let them know the situation and next time I catch the dog in the yard ( he's dug under several times), I will call dog warden. If we catch him in the barn, he may get shot which we have the right to do under Ohio revised code regarding livestock. The husband said he raised rabbits/in FFA when he was a teenager and fully understands. We will be moving rest of rabbits shortly anyway so hopefully it will not be an issue again.
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