I wanted to post an update to let everyone know that 17 of the 18 rabbits that were stolen on January 8 have been returned to Levi Cole.
At 4am on Sunday, January 8, 18 rabbits were anonymously dropped on the doorstep of a volunteer who works for an organization called Rabbit Advocates. Drops of this many rabbits, the spokesperson for Rabbit Advocates told us, are highly uncommon. The fact that 18 rabbits had been stolen from Levi Cole just hours before led all parties involved to come to the conclusion that these were Levi’s 18 rabbits. Rabbit Advocates told us that they found homes for all 18 animals, before they knew that the rabbits were stolen property. For the past week we have been in the process of negotiating with Rabbit Advocates and their lawyer over the return of the rabbits to their rightful owner–as anyone in possession of the rabbits was in possession of stolen property. Today, at noon, we picked up 17 of the 18 rabbits from their lawyer’s office. Eight of the Rabbit Advocate members who took in the rabbits showed up to express their concern about the rabbits, and to also express that they had become attached to the rabbits. The Portland Detective assigned to the case also showed up for the exchange. On an anonymous tip, news channel 2 showed up as well.
We appreciate that the Rabbit Advocates were willing to return the animals to their rightful owner. We also appreciate that the Rabbit Advocates members, so far as we can tell, very much took care of the rabbits while they were gone from Levi’s property. In addition, we understand that Rabbit Advocates as an organization in no way condones the actions of the person who stole the rabbits and we believe them when they say that they were in no way involved with the theft. We also appreciate their concern for the rabbits, and want to assure them that while their owners raise them for different purposes than Rabbit Advocate foster homes do, they always have been and will be very well cared for.
The rabbits will be transferred to an undisclosed location, so that we can prevent any further theft or other related incidents.
As for the 18th missing rabbit. The rabbit’s named is, coincidentally, Roger. Roger’s name is tattooed on the inside of his ear. The individual who took Roger in has had her lawyer contact Levi Cole. Both parties are currently in negotiations regarding the return of the final stolen rabbit.
Lastly, in regards to the person who actually stole the rabbits. An investigation is still underway.