Dunwoody police officers who went to a Cobb Drive home got a surprise: rabbits.

Lots of rabbits.

“The residence of 2401 Cobb Drive was observed to be a ‘hoarding’ site for rabbits,’ Officer H.E. Nelson wrote in his Feb. 23 police report describing the discovery. “Copious numbers of rabbits were observed throughout the interior of the residence.”

There were rabbits in cages on the outside of the house and rabbits wandering freely throughout the interior, which smelled strongly of urine, Nelson reported.

Police summoned DeKalb County firefighters to make sure the place was safe and to open two locked bedrooms. Inside, they found more rabbits.

Altogether, officers found 77 rabbits at the house.

“The previous occupants informed that they were keeping said rabbits for ‘rescue’ purposes,” Nelson wrote.

DeKalb animal control officers took a dog found in the house, but didn’t have room for all the rabbits, so 64 of them were turned over to a Bremen, Ga., animal park. “Additional rabbits still possibly [are] ‘hiding’ throughout the residence and/or woodline (unable to be captured),” Nelson wrote.

One resident of the house was arrested for animal neglect. Another was charged with a drug offense and animal neglect. A third was arrested on a probation violation charge.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.