So far this winter, I have come across two abandoned domestic rabbits. The last one was spotted being tossed out of a car on First Avenue and Vancouver Street late at night in the cold.
Listen to me uneducated people -- rabbits make terrible pets unless you know what your getting into. They are cute, fluffy and adorable. Kids love them, but most kids should not have a rabbit. They will eat your home unless its "bunny proofed" and the proper chewing toys are provided. They need fixed litter boxes, proper diet, room to run, jump and play away from predators, cage cleaning and more. They can live up to 15 years!
Rabbits are not meant to be let loose. Most outside plants are toxic and deadly to a rabbit, not to mention unless you have an appropriate outside housing set up for rabbits, they will not survive the weather. They are ideally meant for inside living. When you dump a rabbit you're not "releasing" a wild cottontail or jackrabbit -- you're "dumping" a domestic pet. They will not survive if you dump them. Study before you get a pet, and if you're the kind of moron who dumps animals, you should stay away from owning anything with a heartbeat.
DARCY SHERMAN, Kennewick