Those links should be VERY helpful. I'll read them in a min.
I contacted the local humane society and while they do tend to extreme rabbit cases, they generally dismiss complaints about the pet store (they get so many, this is beyond me). So I will likely contact a higher-up tomorrow. The rabbit rescue leader told me that she is unhappy with our local humane society at this time, and that she's in the process of finding legal representation for all of her cases, not just pet shop stuff.
My job right now is to follow up on how this pet shop handles this case. I was able to obtain the last infant rabbit there and got him safely to the rescue but now the rescue is full, and I had words with the pet shop regarding why we bought up all of these baby bunnies.
They didn't want to hear from me until I told them I am a former volnteer board director of an animal welfare group, which is true, but I haven't volunteered for any animal welfare groups in about 5 years, but they did not need to know that! So they heard me out.... I gave them a little bit of a lecture on how rabbits who were weaned too early end up just like these ones, and I pointed out the infections in their eyes and nose.
They were quite red-faced about it and told me that they recently got bought out by some other corporation, and their "distributor" changed.... they have no control over what they receive even when they order specific aged rabbits, but they will make a note on the invoice next time to make sure the rabbits are of a near-adult age.
I told them that I will follow up with them in a week's time to ensure that they do not display anymore infant rabbit litters, and they took me seriously, but we will see how it pans out. I also told them that if I see this again, I'll have to take further action, nothing personal against them but it's not okay and they SEEMED to understand.
In the case of these three infant rabbits, there will likely be a happy ending. The rabbit rescue team and I managed to save the last one there. So two are at the rescue shelter which is now full, and one is staying with me, 3 rabbits....wow. We ensured none were left in the back. There is an adolescent bun still at the pet shop, but he seemed healthy and ready to live with a family
I met a lot of special needs buns and abuse cases. *sigh* really, devastating.
Here are some photos!!!! I think you guys will do binkies over these *squee*
This one is my baby boy that I rescued! My fiance, Ryan, is holding him.
This is how his nose looked *after* I cleaned it up
This is the smallest one, the rabbit rescue managed to tangle with the pet shop to get him... He is also a baby boy, and this is the only pic I have of him, cause she rescued him early this morning - she just uploaded it to her Facebook with her phone. He was very congested and is now on antibiotics. He fits inthe palm of her hand.
This is the third and final infant bun from the pet shop, who looks very much like my little boy. You can see why I feel they are siblings. I didn't get a chance to stay long enough at the shelter to find out what gender it was, but if I had to guess, probably a girl, considering these two were boys, but I of course could be wrong. Her eyes were especially ful of crud. Green crud. She is all cleaned up now. She is very timid. Again my fiance holding her.
These are her eye cruds... I tried to rub them off with a warm, wet Q-tip, but I didn't get it all. The rabbit rescue was able to though.