Fine for Monmouth resident for releasing pet rabbit into wild

Here I go, completely going against my post from yesterday and putting things up on the blog. Shame on me for not listening to myself…haha.

My Father sent me this one, he labeled it “Dear Peanut” and it comes from, the pic of Peanut is of course, mine:


Monmouth County man fined $2K for releasing pet rabbit into wild

by MaryAnn Spoto/The Star-Ledger

Thursday April 09, 2009, 6:01 PM

A Monmouth County man was fined $2,000 today for releasing his family’s pet rabbit into the wild, a practice animal experts fear may be repeated by others who buy bunnies, chicks or ducklings at Easter, then decide they can no longer care for the animals.

Jong Park, 51, of the Morganville section of Marlboro, was charged with the disorderly offenses of abandonment and failure to provide proper food, water and shelter, said Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief animal cruelty officer for the Monmouth County SPCA.

Amato said he filed the charges after interviewing family members, who said they released the rabbit, named Hope, after she grew too big for her cage.

Neighbors alerted authorities after they spotted the white rabbit in the woods where she was abandoned about three weeks ago, Amato said.

Suffering from severe dehydration and tick infestation, Hope was rescued three days ago, Amato said. The bunny, weighing about 10 pounds, should have been about 5 pounds heavier for her age, he said.

“This was not a gray cottontail. This was a domesticated white rabbit,” Amato said. “It is amazing it survived a couple weeks in the woods. This animal should not have survived. Any kind of predator could have gotten it.”

The family adopted the bunny last Eastertime from a friend whose pet rabbit had a litter, he said.

The family did not return a message left at the home.

Animal experts and health officials have long warned families against buying or adopting rabbits, ducklings or chicks, particularly at Easter.

“At Easter, it’s all cute and fine and good, but when they get big, what are they going to do with it?” Amato said.

“The dumping of unwanted, domesticated farm animals along our roadways or in our parks is cruel and thoughtless treatment as they cannot take care of themselves and either starve or get injured by a motor vehicle,” said Ella Boyd, public health coordinator for the Ocean County Department of Health and a licensed veterinarian. “It is sad and unnecessary.”

Hope will be offered for adoption when she reaches her appropriate weight, Amato said.

Park will have to address the charges in municipal court.

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Marcos Cosme has had a love for writing and film since he was little. By combing those two passions, he started studying film early on in Middle School and High School writing screenplays and working in his High School television production studio. When it came time for college he decided to pursue a bachelors in Electronic Film making from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marcos continues to be an avid watcher of movies and scripted television series, although he does, on occasion, watch some reality shows. He has watched hundreds of movies during the course of his life and has worked in various roles on small independent film projects, including writing, producing and directing. In his spare time Marcos loves to write screenplays, read books, contribute articles, blogs and reviews on various topics including (but obviously not limited to) movies, television, books, and wrestling; just to name a few. He is a Rabbit aficionado (he has a dwarf rabbit named Peanut-who is the logo of Cos' Blog) and is a Golden Retriever connoisseur (he has two Goldens named Cassie and Chloe). He also love to spend time with his wife and as of July of 2015 they welcomed their first child, Miles, who can occasionally be seen on the blog.

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