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Bunnies taken to avoid malnourishment

Feb 01, 2011 10:31 am
There's an odd term in old-style newspapering. Certain stories, placed for filler, are termed "bunny" pieces. Now, however, there's some real Bunny News coming out of the Ulster County town of Saugerties, very close to the Greene County border, where Lillian “Morningstar Raindance” Helfant of 171 Kate Yeager Road was arrested Saturday, January 29 and charged with 15 counts of failure to provide sustenance to animals, a misdemeanor under state law, within a week of having had to surrender another nine rabbits to the county animal shelter, according to Ulster SPCA Executive Director Brian Shapiro, who also serves as a county legislator. SPCA officials found the animals living in their own excrement. The recent search and arrest was prompted by a veterinarian's report on the animals seized earlier.