Rabbits Stolen - Appeal for Information
|Author: Michele Moore||Published: 16th January 2012 00:14|
Local Waltham Abbey resident Michele Moore contacted AboutMyArea/EN9 and asked us to circulate a warning to all local residents to make sure that their gardens, sheds and animal cages are padlocked and secure after her treasured rabbits were stolen from her garden.
Between midnight and 08.30am Saturday 14th January someone entered her garden and stole 23 rabbits and some baby guinea pigs.
The police attended promptly and sent the fingerprint team to the location. At 1.30pm on Sunday she was informed that some people had rounded up some rabbits at the green at Hillhouse shops. The family were delighted to discover some of their missing rabbits (including Sugar photographed above)!
However, it was distrubing to be informed that a witness had told the people catching the rabbits that they had seen a man tipping them out of two plastic bags outside Caneland Court at approximately 11.15am on Saturday in broad daylight.
- 10 of the rabbits were caught, some are injured, 3 were found dead. There is a report of one seen hanging in a tree where two of the dead ones were found.
- 1 guinea pig was recovered alive, another dead.
- 2 of the rabbits stolen had nests with babies - the babies all died due to Mum being taken.
- 2 of the rabbits were the children's pets.
- The other rabbits were pedigree exhibition rabbits some very domesticated, some wear ID bands on their ankles registered to Michele Moore.
- None of them are likely to cope well in the wild.
Please if anyone saw anything or knows anything about this incident, please contact Essex Police by calling "101" stating that you have information regarding the "Ninefields Rabbit Theft Case".
Someone somewhere knows more about this incident! Please help Michele and her family get some justice and ensure no one else suffers the shock of such a tragic crime.
Michele would like to thank everyone who helped to rescue the rabbits as without their community spirit none of them would have been returned safely.
Photograph above of Sugar one of Michele's exhibition rabbits.