77 Rabbits Found In House, Adults Arrested

6:59 AM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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Dunwoody, GA (WXIA) -- There is no such thing as a routine arrest for police officers. An arrest made by Dunwoody police is proof. When officers went to a home to arrest a woman for failure to appear in court on a traffic violation, they found more than they came for. They ended up arresting three people on drug charges and animal cruelty charges.

Three police officers went to the home at 2401 Cobb Drive in Dunwoody to arrest Jessica Ly, 42 of Lawrenceville. Ly was hiding in a bedroom and gave police a false identification, according to an incident report. Police also said they found illegal prescription pills.

They also arrested Louis Massood, 47 and Dena Guevara, 48. Massood was also wanted for failure to appear. But that wasn't all. The officers noticed something more alarming. "When they went in there, they noticed a smell in the house of ammonia or urine smell," Officer Tim Fecht said.

The house was full of rabbits and appeared to be "a hoarding site for rabbits," according to the report. "They found 77 rabbits that they were able to physically remove from the household," Fecht said.

According to the report "Most (of the) rabbits were observed to be freely roaming throughout the interior of the house. Copious amounts of rabbit feces was observed on the ground, beds, couches, counters, and throughout the house (living quarters)."

Officer Fecht said there was very little food and water for the rabbits. "They stated that they were trying to rescue the animals," he said. There was also a nine year old child in the home.

Most of the rabbits were turned over to an animal rescuer who took the rabbits to Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Bremen. The rest were taken by DeKalb County Animal Control.

All three suspects are also charged with animal cruelty.

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