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Butte County man worries for animals during next power shutoff

The rabbits, both show rabbits and rabbits he sells, are in a barn with a water drip and cooling system.

Posted: Oct 8, 2019 9:02 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2019 9:19 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - One man who lives on Honeyrun Road said 13 of his rabbits have died since the September 25 shutoffs because he cannot keep his barn cool.

The rabbits, both show rabbits and rabbits he sells, are in a barn with a water drip and cooling system. Bob Tapp's water, though, comes from a well that needs power to run.

"Rabbits start stressing, around the nose, the eyes, the ears get really warm. They actually start screaming in a light squeal if it is really uncomfortable," said Tapp. "A rabbit lives comfortably in degrees of 50-75 usually in that area."

Action News Now spoke with PG&E about if they took responsibility for the animal's deaths.

"We understand it is impactful to our customers to safety and it is not a decision we take lightly," said PG&E's Brandi Merlo.

Tapp explained he is worried more animals are going to die with the next power shutoff.

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