A 7-year-old Connecticut girl will lose her 20-pound pet rabbit if North Haven officials get their way.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Arthur Hausman issued a cease-and-desist order to the Lidsky family two weeks ago, informing them that they were violating town zoning regulations because their property was smaller than the 2 acres required to keep rabbits and other types of livestock….In May, town officials inspected the property and asked Lidsky to take several actions, including removing the rabbit hutch, replacing missing siding on his house and repairing an unfinished addition.
Lidsky says he’s appealing Hausman’s order about the rabbit to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, but he’s willing to clean up his yard….”The situation with North Haven’s zoning is ridiculous,” she told the Register. “We’re not talking about a breeder or multiple rabbits. We’re talking about one pet bunny who is obviously beloved and well-cared for.”
I fail to see how much worse ONE large rabbit is than say 5-6 large-breed dogs. Also rabbits are pretty common pets, I know a ton of people who keep them, hell even my parents had a pet rabbit when they were first married. Also I can see zoning laws being an issue if they were raising rabbits for various reasons, but this is obviously a pet. Now a hutch does have some odor, and mess compared to a box-trained rabbit, but again, are dogs and cats any better?
Sounds like the family is a little lax about the presentation of their house, given the other citations, and this was just a nice below-the-belt hit for the city to let the citizen know who’s boss.