Rabbits rescued and nursed back to health from the home of an accused Brooklyn hoarder almost a year ago will be up for adoption on Saturday.
Fifty of the 180 seized rabbits can be adopted for a fee of $25 in an event hosted by ASPCA and NYPD at the Central Park Zoo entrance and Union Square.
Seized last January over two different days — including during a blizzard — at the home of Dorota Trec in Gowanus, the rabbits were “living in squalid conditions,” according to ASPCA.
Trec, who was charged with animal neglect, allegedly kept the rabbits in overcrowded conditions. None were spayed or neutered and many suffered from illnesses and malnutrition, according to ASPCA, which examined the rabbits.
Trec’s trial is scheduled tentatively for next month and she faces up to a year in jail if convicted, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
The rabbits have been under the care of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. as well as at the Ani-Care Animal Hospital in Dallastown, Pennsylvania.
Many since then have had litters and according to ASPCA, 150 rabbits went to Ani-Care Animal Hospital, while 77 went to St. Hubert’s.
“These rabbits have demonstrated an incredible level of resilience and are more than ready for the comforts of a permanent home,” said Howard Lawrence, vice president, APSCA Anti-Cruelty Group.
Th adoption fee also includes a cage and water bottle with each rabbit. The rabbits have been spayed and neutered. Interested adopters should bring a photo ID and proof of residence.