Volunteer foster Donna Floden took 80 rabbits and seven chinchillas back to her farm on March 25.

The animals were so thin you could see their spines though their fur and all had diseases or infections, she said. Additionally, many of the female rabbits were pregnant.

Floden said in the past three weeks, about 125 baby rabbits have been born and several females are still pregnant.

Of those bunnies, only 46 have survived so far.

"Many of the babies were born dead or died shortly after birth," she said. "And a lot of the females were so sick they self-aborted."

The ones that have survived are still very sick, she added.

Floden expects the rest of the females will deliver their litters in the next week.

With all these animals to care for, Floden said she needs rabbit food, alfalfa hay, straw, hutches, chinchilla cages, chinchilla food, water bottles and feeders.

"We definitely need help," she said. "We're going through 50 to 75 pounds of food a day."

Anyone who is interested in donating can contact the McCracken County Animal Shelter at 270-448-1570.

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