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Think Twice Before Buying that Easter Bunny

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Mar 27 2013 08:00:08 PM CDT
Easter Pets
NORTHSTATE, Calif. -

Baby animals and Easter go hand-in-hand with spring, but that may not be such a good thing.

Every year around this time Palo Cedro Feed is bustling with customers looking to buy chicks and ducklings to give as Easter gifts.

"Roughly 500 to 600 birds in roughly 36 hours to two days" manager Kelly Landry said, "Right here this first week before Easter we'll sell probably half of them for gifts."

But all these baby animals grow up, and when they do they become much harder to keep.

"People don't realize when they're getting this cute snuggly little bunny that it does have to grow up," said Leanne Smith of the Haven Humane Society.

Smith said she sees the reality of abandoned Easter Pets all the time, which places a huge burden on the facility.

"If you're going to purchase one, do it with the idea of what you're going to long term do with the animal," Smith said.

Smith warns that simply letting one of these pets go is not a safe option because they are domesticated animals.

If you are thinking about giving a cute fuzzy animal as a gift, Smith says you better think long and hard about the consequences.