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Jan 28, 2013 6:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

SPCA Searches For Woman Accused Of Abandoning Rabbit Inside King Kullen

Jan 30, 2013 2:42 PM

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is searching for a woman suspected of abandoning a rabbit inside the King Kullen supermarket on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays on December 31.

The SPCA released a photo of the woman exiting the store that was taken using the store’s video surveillance cameras. Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, said on Tuesday that the woman placed the white domestic rabbit in a bag in a shopping cart in the parking lot, and then covered the bag with her jacket. Once inside the store, Mr. Gross said she left the cart in an aisle and took a different, empty cart.

An employee then found the rabbit in the bag, and brought it to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, where veterinarians determined it to be healthy. Mr. Gross said the employee then adopted the rabbit and took it home as a pet.

“There were so many other options that [the woman] could have done rather than doing what she did,” he said. “But at least at this point it has a good ending for the rabbit.”

Mr. Gross said that the SPCA is searching for more information about the woman or the incident so that it may understand her motive. She could face abandonment charges that are punishable by up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

“At this point, it’s too early to say if charges will be brought,” he said.

Animals are frequently abandoned, he added, though usually outside and not in a grocery store.

The organization is asking that anyone who may be able to identify the woman or provide additional information contact the SPCA at 382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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So, where's the photo?
By Frank Wheeler (1790), Northampton on Jan 28, 13 6:44 PM
Maybe she could no longer keep the rabbit and decided to abandon it somewhere where it would be found and have plenty of food and be warm. It would make a great classroom pet at an elementary school. Otherwise....Chinatown.
By Toma Noku (612), uptown on Jan 28, 13 7:41 PM
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By supercorp14 (1), Bayside on Jan 30, 13 9:20 AM
mention of photo- but no photo- hellooooo?
By katydoo (6), hampton bays, on Jan 28, 13 7:49 PM
The Press may feel compelled NOT to release the photo now, as the SCSPCA is not an official law enforcement agency I believe. Suppose they made the wrong photo public?

Just guessing. . .
By PBR (4862), Southampton on Jan 28, 13 7:55 PM
Their web site says nothing about this. They may be shy about getting this wrong? Remember the goose with the arrow in it from a few months ago?
By PBR (4862), Southampton on Jan 28, 13 8:02 PM
Dogpile on the rabbit!!!
Jan 28, 13 8:05 PM appended by Mr. Z
Of course you realize, THIS MEANS WAR.
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jan 28, 13 8:05 PM
Why didn't she take it to the Town Animal Shelter if she no longer wanted it?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 29, 13 10:50 AM
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Lighten up, supercorp. fairwind is correct.
By But I'm a blank! (1278), Hampton Bays on Jan 30, 13 5:25 PM
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One word: Hasenpfeffer.

Tasty, especially over egg noodles.
Jan 30, 13 6:29 PM appended by Mr. Z
Rabbit goulash. Tasty too!!
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jan 30, 13 6:29 PM
Wabbit says "It's duck season"
By loading... (547), quiogue on Jan 31, 13 9:26 AM
This is just silly. With all of the neglect and cruelty to animals in the world, why spend so much time and effort targeting a person who obviously tries to leave the animal in a safe place where it would be found and cared for? Possibly mistaken, but not cruel. Go after folks who leave their poor animals chained up or caged outside in the rain or cold.
By SusieD (109), Southampton on Jan 30, 13 9:43 PM
I'd wager the rabbit is happy with the outcome.
By loading... (547), quiogue on Jan 31, 13 9:16 AM
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It would be helpful to list all the other options for people who may not be aware of the choices.
By bambi (67), bridgehampton on Feb 4, 13 8:03 AM
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