A rabbit breeding operation at a South Nashville residence may have allowed dozens of infected rabbits to roam the neighborhood, according to neighbors and local animal advocates.
The concern centers around a backyard hutch at 687 Huntington Parkway, off Edmondson Pike, which neighbors claimed housed more than 70 rabbits.
Robert Sutherland, who lives in the neighborhood, said his stepdaughters first noticed several rabbits that got free last week.
“We had driven by one late afternoon and early evening and saw all these white rabbits hopping around the area,” Sutherland told The City Paper. “We ended up seeing this breeding operation that was going on back there.”
Sutherland worked for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Canada, so he knew the snow-white rabbits weren’t wild animals. Advocates believe the rabbits are of the domesticated breed called New Zealand white rabbits.