The images were taken by an animal rights group volunteer who visited the park to assess the condition of the animals. She later posted the images online, Benoni City Times reported.
Samantha Berger, manager of Midrand-based Kitty and Puppy Haven, said they sent two of their own inspectors to the park after receiving a phone call from a park visitor.
“They saw a rabbit with a broken leg, and the bone was sticking out,” Berger said.
Berger said the conditions her inspectors found were worse than what they had expected, Midrand Reporter reported.
“There were at least 18 dead bunnies in a pit. We are hoping that by bringing attention to this situation, something can be done,” she said.
Gideon Strydom, the caretaker at the Bunny Park, said they often bring in the SPCA or a vet to look at the bunnies.
“There are so many bunnies and it is a huge park. To catch the sick ones would take more manpower, which we do not have,” he said.
He added the park tried to feed the animals with donations received from supermarkets.
Meanwhile, Benoni SPCA’s inspector, Solomon Mayisela said: “We come to the park on a weekly basis, and [we have sent the municipality] a number of warnings about the living conditions of the animals at the park.”
Mayisela, claimed the warnings have yielded little response from the municipality. He also said that other inspectors who worked at the SPCA before he did had also sent the municipality warnings.
According to Berger, the rabbits are not the only animals living in appalling conditions.
“Some of the cows [were so malnourished] that their ribs were sticking out,” she said.
– Caxton News Service