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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pet Rabbits Survive House Fire Now in Need of a Home

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Fire/EMS Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     Twitter: @PGFDPIO

Media Contact: Linda Lowe Public Information Officer - Animal Management

Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources 
(301) 836-2115

A New Carrolton resident was awakened from an afternoon nap and saw the smoke.  He knew something was on fire in his house and called 911.  Firefighters responded to the single family home in the 6600 block of Adrian Street and battled a fire in the basement.  Fire Investigators believe a burning log shifted in the fireplace and fell out igniting nearby combustibles.  The home did not have a working smoke alarm.  Firefighters extinguished the fire and discovered numerous pets including numerous rabbits.  Fire loss was estimated at $20,000.

The homeowner escaped from the house prior to the fire departments arrival and sought shelter at a neighbor’s house.  He is displaced and was assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit with temporary shelter.

Officers from the County Animal Management Division reported to the scene and collected 41 rabbits that survived the fire.  The homeowner has no place to maintain his pets and relinquished ownership of the rabbits and Animal Management officials are now seeking homes for the pets.

One Animal Management official stated, “Rabbits galore! We’ve just received a huge delivery of bunny rabbits that need homes.  We’re discounting their adoptions to $30 each, which includes spay/neuter.  Consider this fur-ever pet as an alternative to a cat or dog, but please be aware that they need a commitment from you for their lifetime, not just a trendy thing to get the kids for Easter.”

For additional information on how to adopt one of these rabbits call the Animal Shelter at 301-780-7201.

Rodney C. Taylor, Associate Director, Animal Management Division provides details on what it takes to adopt these pet rabbits.

I like the rabbit with white hair!!!

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