Pet rabbits and chicks abandoned at Kenner City Park, rescued by couple


Posted on March 14, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 6:42 PM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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KENNER -- It happens every year, adorable bunnies and chicks are sold and purchased for Easter, but it creates big problems for the animals and even city parks when they grow up and they are no longer wanted.

Katrina Perkowska and her boyfriend Jeremy came to Kenner City park to take pictures of the sunset, but when they got there a one-year-old pet rabbit stole their attention.

"The rabbit ended up running under a parked car, and when we looked under the car we saw another rabbit and two baby chickens," said Katrina Perkowska, the founder of Kasia's Ark Bird Rescue.

It took the help of several bystanders to finally catch the frightened animals. It turns out, earlier that same day, someone in a red SUV was seen dumping the rabbits in the parking lot.

Luckily, it was Perkowska who found them. She runs the Kenner bird rescue and was able to take them in.

"I am just glad we came over here that day because I do not think they would have survived over night," said Perkowska.

George Bode, with Kenner's Park and Recreation Department, says unwanted animals are dumped in the park all the time.

Bode says it has become a big problem for the city. Not only does he have to worry about overpopulation, he says it can also be a health hazard.

"If you kept too many of them together it causes different kinds of diseases the wildlife might have and the domestic animals will pick it up and spread it around," said Bode.

With Easter right around the corner, Bode and Perkiest say things will only get worse as people start buying cute baby rabbits, chicks and even ducklings for Easter.

"They seem to buy them for their kids and they are so cute when they are little, but they seem to forget that they grow up," said Bode. "Once they get bigger and the baby gets afraid of them they drop them off out here thinking it's fine."

"It is a huge problem," said Perkowska. "For a lot of rescuers and veterinarians, Easter is their worst holiday. We dread it, we try to prepare for it."

She says it is a decision folks should think twice about before making this year.

"they don't realize when they purchase an animal, it's a lifelong commitment," said Perkowska.

Right now, the rabbits are being treated for ear mites and were spayed Friday morning. Perkowska says the rabbits and the chicks will eventually be put up for adoption and hopes to find them new homes soon.