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Stolen animals an issue at Winona County Fair

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

By Carol Boynton, Lewiston Journal Editor

It might have started out as a joke or just a bad choice gone too far...but stealing two bunnies from 4-H members at the Winona County Fair is no laughing matter.

It started out as a bittersweet day at the Winona County Fair, when two 4-H members arrived on Thursday morning, July 10. The 4-Hers found that their rabbits had been stolen overnight along with a pet carrier from a third 4-H member. There was also evidence that a number of rabbits had been moved or handled.

Later in the day it was also noticed that one rabbit had hair missing and one had a broken toe during the repositioning of rabbits. Mixing rabbits together that have not been together causes an aggressive behavior in rabbits so they begin to fight, which may have been the cause for the missing hair or the broken toe.

The 4-H members have been really saddened by the event. They shared, “We don’t want to prosecute but we want our bunnies back. Each of the rabbits have permanent identification and marks. So if the person or group responsible for taking them would just take them to a local vet clinic...even to set them in the carrier outside any vet would really be appreciated so that these 4-Hers get their bunnies back.

The situation happened sometime between 11:15 p.m. and midnight on July 10. One bunny was a Red-Eyed White Mini Rex buck, the other was a Blue Tort Mini Lop doe.

Again, these rabbits can be dropped off anonymously at any vet clinic in the Winona County area and will be returned to their owners. These animals are identifiable by the owners.

Some years ago two kid goats were stolen from the fair from two young 4-H members from the Happy Hart Club, but over the years there hasn’t been that kind of activity.

A reward is being offered by the editor of the Lewiston Journal for the return of the rabbits. So please if you have these rabbits please let’s get them back to their rightful owners. These rabbits are not only their pets but they are part of their future rabbit programs. 4-H members set up goals and programs for the re-breeding and improvement of their animals. These rabbits are a part of these 4-H programs.

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