Connecticut Town Wants to Take Away Family's 20-Pound Rabbit

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The town of North Haven, Conn. is trying to send a family's pet hopping. According to WTNH, the Lidksy family has been told that it is illegal to keep Sandy, their giant Flemish rabbit who weighs upwards of 20 pounds.

Based on an old ordinance, rabbits of Sandy's size are considered livestock and must be kept on property that is two acres or larger. Not meeting these land requirements, the Lidskys have been served a cease and desist order to surrender the animal. The family plans on fighting the town's demands, since they believe that Sandy, who spends most of her time in her hutch, isn't a danger to any residents.

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Sandy is also part of the family. The Lidskys have cared for their big bunny for three years, and their daughter, Kayden, sees the animal as a best friend. Kayden's father, Joshua Lidsky, assures WTNH that his family isn't trying to cause trouble; they just want to protect their beloved pet, live in peace and pay their taxes.

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This kind of thing is happening more and I see where a woman was cited for failure to get a permit for her 11 year old's birthday party, and a minister is doing time in Arpaio's jail (tent city in Phoenix with 3-digit temps) for holding Bible studies in his home without permission. This is not a free country if local governments harass citizens in this manner and the Federal government will not enforce guaranteed Constitutional rights. As for the bunny, don't break this kid's heart. I had a dog as a kid and if anyone had tried to take her away I would have fought physically and then probably died of grief. This family should first take the bunny to a safe place like a relative's where the government is not doing this to people, and then they should fight tooth and nail to bring the establish to its knees where it should be. Meanwhile we the people *must* wake up and smell the coffee and cut these governments down to their proper size, which is small! (Support Ron Paul!)

August 12 2012 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trudy Ashworth

Damn ******** let the kid keep her pet ! Whats the harm ? Were you all born ******** or did it take practice

August 11 2012 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They probably pissed off some neighbor who has a sister in law at city hall. now they're paying. We Americans can be _soooo_ small-minded.

August 11 2012 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what's he been into? or is it the bunny's just too relaxed, too loved, too much at home, that's got their craw?? I guess large dogs aren't aren't allowed in the community either?

August 11 2012 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is RIDICULOUS! This town surely has other more important things to do with it's time than to harass this family who loves this pet bunny...SERIOUSLY...Connecticut needs to get a life, get a clue and get a HEART! Let's email this dumb town council about this and let them hear from all of us who love animals, so they can keep this bunny!! SO WRONG.....

August 11 2012 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol Mullins

another typical case of government butting in where they don't belong, go pick on drug dealers that aren't paying you off or something!

August 11 2012 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Such total BS....apparently that town doesn't know what a problem is.....tell them to concern themselves with meth houses, counseling centers for kids, drop outs, runaways, kids with no homes to go to, etc.....such nonsense.....there are so many truly needy situations...out there...its hard to sit and listen to this group of whiners go on about a Flemish Giant long as these folks have that rabbit in a secured area and he is well taken care of and loved then where the "*" is the problem?????

August 11 2012 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a cat, not a rabbit, but if the town tried to take him away, they better bring SWAT and the coroner. The government has no right to interfere unless the animal poses a risk to others.

August 11 2012 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to starkmaddness's comment

I agree Stark, this is no different than having a 20lb dog. If I lived up there I would start a protest,this is totally stupid and a waste of tax payers money. Go find something to really be concerned about !

August 11 2012 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Walters

Melanie, does race have to rule your entire life? In this case whitey is not out to get you. Come on we have a black president before him we had a black Secretary of State. Grow up and start living in the 21st Century.

August 11 2012 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Walters

What did the bunny get out and started terrorizing the city, did some hungry town mayor get whiff of rabbit and wants to cook Sandy? This whole thing smells of nosy neighbors who should mind their own business. Good luck to the Lidskys hope you get to keep Sandy.

August 11 2012 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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