Wascally wabbit in Wabinson: unauthorized rabbit in dorm sparks threat of search

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Meredith Kreigh
Staff Writer

It was a harey situation for Resident Director Kimberle Crowe-Tuttle.

She and Amy Masengale, Robinson’s custodian, found rabbit droppings lying in the laundry room as well as outside the side entrance of Robinson Monday morning.

The waste announced a resident rabbit, an unapproved pet.

Tuttle responded by emailing all Robinson residents. She reminded the female students that there is a fine of $50 per day that a resident houses an unapproved pet.

“The rabbit owner(s) have until 6 p.m. this evening to come and talk to me about the rabbit situation with NO retribution [sic],” Tuttle wrote in her email. “Please don’t put me in the position of having to hold a room inspection in every room in the dorm.”

In accordance with the Bryan handbook, fish are the only pets allowed in residence halls. This is due in part to Health Department regulations restricting pets on campuses.

Tuttle offered to cancel the fees if the owner brought the rabbit to her by 6 p.m. However, she warned, if no one came forward, a dorm-wide room inspection would be conducted.

If Tuttle called for a room inspection, the search would not be limited to uncovering the rabbit, but would include a search for any handbook violations.

Students who knew about the incident were unwilling to be interviewed. Likewise, five resident assistants in Robinson declined to speak to Triangle.

Tuttle also chose not speak about the rabbit incident because it was a disciplinary action.

Tuttle made a public Facebook post on Monday around 1 p.m., advertising a bunny in need of a good home.

“Local homeschool (or not) parents,” the post read, “would you like a bunny for your kiddos to raise? I have acquired a sweet bunny with cage and food and all it needs is a good home!”

Since the posting, several individuals have expressed interest. The post has since been removed.

Tuttle said she could not confirm whether or not the rabbit in her post was the same rabbit being kept in the dorm.

 

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