Dozens of rabbits in poor health were seized Friday from a horse farm in Cranston.
Forty-eight rabbits were removed from a pen inside a barn at the Lend-A-Hand Therapeutic Horse Farm in Cranston. Two of the rabbits were dead when taken away, and two others were put down.
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue in Foster are going to start the process of nursing the surviving animals back to health.
"They all have upper respiratory infections. All of them have wounds. Some of them have very serious wounds," said Pam Hood of Sweet Binks.
Members of the farm's staff originally called for the removal of the rabbits when one staff member that brought them fell ill and stopped coming to work.
"From what I could see, we have a large number of rabbits living in an area that is accumulated with urine, feces, mold. So the living conditions themselves are certainly unacceptable," said Joe Warzycha, an investigator for the RISPCA.
Officials said the farm had good intentions and that the animals were brought in to be used for therapy.