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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dorota Trec, A Bunny Hoarder, Says She Was Keeping the Creatures as Part of a Breeding Program: She Wanted to Make Candy-Colored Easter Bunnies

Bonkers Brooklyn bunny hoarder Dorota Trec says she was keeping the creatures as part of a 16-year “genetic” breeding program — and would have made “millions of dollars” by creating “blue and pastel rabbits.”

Trec has been charged with animal cruelty for letting 176 now-confiscated rabbits live behind a Gowanus tire shop in a squalid, droppings-strewn “garden.”

But in an interview one day before Easter, she claimed there was a scientific method to her hopping madness.

“I do research a lot of Darwin,” Trec, 35, said Saturday.

“These rabbits are developed by me. They’ve all originated from the Netherland dwarf and the Belgium hare. After many years, you can start to see the results.”

She said she would get six more rabbits — which she plans to rescue “from the slaughterhouse” to restock her “garden.”

“Hopefully, I won’t get arrested, because I was already arrested,” she joked.

Trec announced her Frankenbunny claim in a bizarre $2 billion lawsuit she filed last week to get her “free-range” bunnies back from the ASPCA.

“Petitioner works with genetic material developing new breeds of rabbits, for example, rabbits that are small, fit, having somewhat big ears,” she wrote in the self-filed suit, which seeks cash damages from the animal-rights activists who ratted her out.

 “Petitioner also develops [a] number of different colors for rabbits, having special interest in blue and pastel rabbits.”

“This project is advanced now and it is worth millions of dollars.”

Trec says she would spend at least four hours a day working with her “herds,” including playing her flute for them.

Authorities counter that many of the rabbits were sick and injured, some with syphilis and bite wounds.

Meanwhile, there was bad news for bunny lovers. The rabbits remain wards of the state and will not be available for Easter adoptions.

“They are still considered evidence in a pending criminal case . . . Until the court resolves ownership issues, the rabbits cannot be made available for adoption,” said a spokeswoman for the ASPCA, which is caring for the creatures at partner veterinary facilities.

She wanted to make candy-colored Easter Bunnies.










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