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Customers head to pet shops, farms for bunnies as Easter gifts

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Parents race to buy rabbits for Easter. (April 18, 2014) Parents race to buy rabbits for Easter. (April 18, 2014)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Customers walked in and out of the Saluda River Pet Food & Supply Center in Easley.

"As soon as they come in, they see those nice little fuzzy pets," Cody McClain said.

He's the store manager and says bunnies are the big attraction and they're on sale for $24.99.

"First thing they want to do is pet them," McClain said with a smile.

He said around Easter inventory jumps from a couple of rabbits to more than 20. He said it's important parents and their children learn how to take care of them.

"Plenty of attention comes a long way," McClain said.

He said they should be fed properly.

"You can feed them fresh carrots, fresh romaine lettuce - any kind of produce," he said.

He said rabbits should be held correctly by securing their back legs. He said oftentimes after bunny sales, there are also returns.

"They (customers) go through three or four months and maybe some neglect will come in there. The kids will get bored with it, parents don't want to take care of them," McClain said.

He said about 20 to 30 percent of rabbits hop back into the store as returns.

"You see them returned to humane societies," he said.

So, before a bunny goes to a new home, he wants customers to make sure they're open to being responsible pet owners.

"We want to see them go out the door and have good homes," McClain said.

He said when rabbits are returned, they usually don't have a problem re-selling them to customers.

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