Rabbit proprietor receives baffling letter about ‘anti-social’ barking at his residence


Martin together with his pleasant, non-barking pet rabbit Joey.

Martin Vickers, of Low Street, obtained the letter from East Lindsey District Council warning him that extreme barking was classed as anti-social behaviour beneath the Environmental Safety Act 1990.

However the one animal at Martin’s handle is his seven year-old rescue rabbit Joey.

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“I’m unsure how they’ve mistaken Joey for a dog,” Martin instructed the Commonplace.

Joey the floppy-eared bunny is harmless.

“The one noise Joey makes is scratching when he desires to come back out of his enclosure to have a run round indoors. He doesn’t go exterior as he might be obtained by a fox.”

The letter, from environmental safety officer Sue Pailing, states: “I’m writing to advise you that I’ve obtained a criticism concerning the behaviour of your dog. I perceive your dog barks fairly excessively while within the backyard, particularly when horse riders go by your fence. That is clearly a priority as this might trigger a horse to bolt and presumably throw its rider.”

After receiving the letter, Martin mentioned he rang up the council to inform them he doesn’t have a dog,

“I mentioned I’ve solely obtained a white rabbit – and he’s not aggressive in any respect. I then spoke to Sue on the council and she or he was very good about it – the truth is we had a great giggle.”

The Legendary Black Beast of Arrrghhh.

Sue Pailing instructed the Commonplace: “Mr Vickers and I did have fairly a chuckle in regards to the combine up and he was very understanding about it. I didn’t wish to rabbit on in regards to the criticism and no additional barks have come from the rabbit in query since.”

Martin mentioned his dialog with Sue included an amusing reference to the killer rabbit from Monty Python’s Holy Grail – during which a white rabbit often known as the ‘Legendary Black Beast of Arrrghhh’ leaps up and kills a number of of King Arthur’s knights in a surprisingly graphic scene.

“She did joke that she had seen that, and mentioned ‘to allow them to be vicious’,” Martin laughed.

However in contrast to the Monty Python rabbit – Martin’s bunny doesn’t have ‘a vicious streak a mile vast’.

The killer rabbit scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Martin put a submit in regards to the amusing mix-up to the Fb group ‘Friskney Group’ with a photograph of Joey – the place some members have jokingly requested ‘who framed Joey rabbit?’

One commented: “Nasty-looking dog you bought there’ – whereas one other joked: “You’ve clearly obtained a barking rabbit that’s inflicting a nuisance.”

Martin mentioned: “It’s not the council’s fault – as I believe they have been merely given the mistaken handle.”

He added: “Most of our neighbours round right here appear to have dogs, so I believe it’s a case of mistaken id.”

Martin together with his seven year-old indoor rescue rabbit Joey.


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