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!
Photo Credit: kd8cdp_Gordo