In big cities, altering zoning regulations is like trying to change the official language. But in the town of North Haven, Conn., a rabbit has managed to, um, jumpstart the process in remarkable time.
Late last month, Sandy, a Flemish Giant rabbit weighing in at 20 pounds -- not an atypical girth for this breed -- and owner Joshua Lidsky and family were sent a letter from a zoning officer informing them that rabbits and livestock could not be kept on property, such as theirs, that measured less than two acres. But what started as a local dust-up between a local resident and town officials turned into a viral tale of furry heartbreak, with TV news footage of the languid lapin being cuddled by Lidsky’s doting 7-year-old daughter, Kayden, going national and the North Haven Town Hall barraged with calls and emails in support of the rabbit.
Complicating the matter was that Lidsky already had a complaint lodged against him for what news reports have called “blight” issues with parts of his property (including the bunny cage, apparently). Lidsky could have appealed the order to banish the rabbit, but he won’t have to. North Haven officials smartly dispensed with the controversy by not just dropping the cease-and-desist order but also deciding immediately to work on revamping the outdated zoning regulation banning rabbits, according to a report in the New Haven Register.