Nearly two-dozen rabbits were sleeping in a new home Sunday night, having earlier been rescued by Toms River police and animal control officers, in a response that also involved a visit from a HAZMAT team.
Toms River Police Humane Officer James Colline was called to a home on Harrison Road Sunday, following a referral from Toms River Animal Control regarding rabbits in the back yard of the property, a statement from police said. The neighborhood is located off Fischer Boulevard, south of Cattus Island County Park.
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Colline checked the property and found approximately 22 rabbits in the backyard and a shed on the property, said police spokeswoman Jillian Messina. Due to the condition of the shed, the Berkeley Township HAZMAT team was called to assist in removing the rabbits.
There were no reports of anyone having been charged with a crime, though police are still looking into the circumstances behind the incident.
“The investigation is on-going at this time,” Messina said. “The rabbits are being relocated to the Toms River Animal Shelter for care.”