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Oregon Woman Obsessed with Rabbits Arrested Again

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Associated Press: PORTLAND, Ore. - Washington County's "Bunny Lady" is back in the hutch after violating a court order not to own or control animals for five years. Miriam Sakewitz, 47, was arrested again Tuesday at a Tigard hotel after an employee reported finding rabbits hopping around in her room.

Miriam Sakewitz obsessed with rabbits
Problems for Sakewitz started in October 2006 when Hillsboro police found and confiscated nearly 250 rabbits in her home, including about 100 dead ones in freezers and refrigerators.

Police said she broke into the facility where the survivors were being cared for in January 2007 and stole most of them back. Authorities found her a few days later in Chehalis, Wash., with eight live rabbits and two dead ones in her car. Another 130 were recovered at a nearby horse farm.

She was placed on five years probation, banned from owning or controlling animals and was told not to go within 100 yards of a rabbit.

Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf said Washington County animal control officers removed eight adult rabbits, five young ones and a dead one from her hotel room Tuesday.

Washington County probation officer Bob Severe said Sakewitz had undergone a court-ordered mental evaluation but that no treatment was recommended. He said she was thought to be living in Clackamas County.

"We hadn't heard much further from her, she had been pretty quiet," he said.

Authorities checked her residence occasionally and found it rabbit-free.

Then county probation officer Susan Ranger testified in August of 2007 that Sakewitz had a rabbit in her home in June, had canceled counseling sessions and refused to open the door for unannounced visits.

Ranger said she found no rabbits when she finally got inside but did find a half-empty 10-pound bag of carrots. Sakewitz was sentenced to three days in jail.

She was to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on animal neglect charges.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Nell June 18, 2009, 9:05 PM

Is this for real? Is this the kind of stuff we spend our tax dollars on arresting people over rabbits? Seriously????!! This must be a joke. Good one, Momlogic. You had me there for a second.

Bec Thomas June 18, 2009, 9:09 PM

I really can’t believe they haven’t declared she has a mental illness yet. She is sneaking around with rabits everytime no one is looking, she really needs help.


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