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Abused bunny receiving X-rays, treatment at BluePearl Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – A rabbit named Fuzzy Pants is being evaluated today at BluePearl Veterinary Partners after a Snapchat video showed teenage girls throwing her into a wall last weekend, breaking a bone.

“She’s stable and she’s eating well,” said BluePearl’s Dr. Peter Helmer, who said the rabbit suffered a fractured pelvis. Fuzzy Pants has been given pain medication and appears comfortable, he said.

The staff at BluePearl will give Fuzzy Pants a full-body X-ray today to learn the full extent of her injuries and also will give her blood screenings. This information will be used to determine the best course of treatment for Fuzzy Pants.

Dr. Peter Helmer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners examines Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who was abused in the Jacksonville area.

Dr. Peter Helmer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners examines Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who was abused in the Jacksonville area.

Three teenage girls were arrested last weekend in the Jacksonville area after a video surfaced that showed some of the girls throwing the rabbit against the wall. The video prompted outrage on social media and extensive media attention.

Jennifer MacBeth of Southwest Florida House Rabbit Rescue stepped in to care for the rabbit, working closely with Nassau County animal Services.

Macbeth brought Fuzzy Pants to BluePearl on Wednesday afternoon because she knew Dr. Helmer and BluePearl were well prepared to care for her. Helmer is board-certified in avian veterinary medicine and has extensive experience treating exotic animals including rabbits, reptiles and others.

“My hope is obviously that she recovers from her injuries to the point that she can have a good quality of life,” Macbeth said. The bunny will have a foster family to begin with and eventually be put up for adoption. “We want to get her in to an incredible home where she’s going to be loved and pampered and be part of the family.”

Macbeth said people who want information about adopting Fuzzy Pants can send an email to swflrabbits@gmail.com.

BluePearl will provide a media update as soon as more information becomes available.

Dr. Peter Helmer and veterinary technician Rabyn Rhodes of BluePearl Veterinary Partners examine Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who was abused in the Jacksonville area.

Dr. Peter Helmer and veterinary technician Rabyn Rhodes of BluePearl Veterinary Partners examine Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who was abused in the Jacksonville area.