7-Year-Old Kayden Gets To Keep Her Pet Bunny

Kayden Lidsky, of North Haven, Connecticut, won’t have to give up her bunny after all.

The power of a seven-year-old!

The town has a law that says pet rabbits have to live in houses with at least two acres of land, and Kayden’s yard was too small. A town employee told her family last month that the pet had to go.

But the story of Kayden, 7, and Sandy, her 20-pound bunny, made news across the country. The town received about 1,000 calls and e-mails from people asking that the rabbit be allowed to stay.

Faced with this pressure, not to mention adorable photos of Kayden and her 20-pound rabbit, North Haven officials have announced that they will allow Kayden and her family to keep Sandy, the Flemish rabbit.

From The Washington Post:

Michael Freda, an elected town official, said last week that Kayden and her family would be allowed to keep the bunny. The town plans to change the rule.

“All along, I’ve said that little girl is not losing that rabbit,” Freda said. “We have a ridiculous [law] . . . and we’re going to change it.”

Josh Lidsky, Kayden’s dad, had planned to challenge the order.

“I’m happy it’s over,” he said. “It’s very tough for a 7-year-old to understand why people would do something like that.”

How many pet animals people are allowed varies from city to city. Some limit it to a few dogs and cats while others might not have limits at all.

In Sacramento, California, for example, you may only have three adult dogs over the age of four months without incurring a fine of $15-$103.  Do you need to license you pot belly pig?  Why, yes, you do for $15 per year.  You can also have no more than seven cats over the age of eight weeks and you cannot have poultry or other livestock in your yard within city limits.

In San Antonio, Texas, a maximum number of eight cats or five dogs, or a grand total of eight animals is permitted at a residence.

The law in Michigan states that you can have no more then two dogs per household. Michigan feels that you are risking potential harm for your dog if you have more then two of them.

What are the rules on pets in your community? Check with your local animal control agency if you’re not sure.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Kayden! May her pet rabbit Sandy live a long and full life!

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132 comments

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan3 years ago

It is better than two acres and no love! I am glad for you , Kayden and Sandy. Thanks for sharing this pleasant news.

debby ro
Deborah ro3 years ago

some of these laws are absurd

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle3 years ago

The law was ridiculous -- a pet bunny doesn't need 2 acres. Good for that spunky little girl, an evolving feminist.

Sheri D.
Sheri D.3 years ago

I'm so glad she is able to keep her rabbit!

Ashley R.
Ashley R.3 years ago

YAY!!!!!!! Congrats Kayden and Sandy! :)

Mandy Harker
Mandy H.3 years ago

We're only allowed to have two dogs on a city block but on an acre and a 1/4 of land you can have 4-5 dogs(which we did) but as far as I know these limits don't apply to cats and there's not limits on small animals like rabbits or guinea pigs.
I am glad the girl got to keep her bunny.

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch3 years ago

Bad karma on whomever turned the little girl in..........

Jamie B.
Jamie B.3 years ago

Good news for a change. I'm glad they didn't take her beloved bunny away.
Boo, hiss to the vile neighbor who turned her in (how else would anyone have known?) Shame on you.

Elsa G.
Else G.3 years ago

I'm glad she can keep her rabbit. 2 acres to be allowed a rabbit is a crazy ordinance.
I'm allowed 3 dog, fosters don't count, so I can foster. I don't think there is a restriction on cats. My neighbor just down the street has an acre and has sheep, His neighbor has goats.

Muriel C.
Muriel C.3 years ago

Brigitte N. Les États Unis d'Amérique sont une fédération de 50 états. Il y a une constitution et un ensemble de lois fédérales qui doivent être appliquées sur l'ensemble du territoire. Tout ce qui n'est pas régi par la constitution et les lois fédérales sont du ressort de chaque état. Un peu comme en rance il y a des arrêtés préfectoraux et des règlements municipaux.