Rabbit Long Teeth: English Trader Cited For Animal Cruelty After Selling Snaggletooth Rabbit That Can’t Eat [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 20, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

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Rabbit long teeth pose a danger to the animal because they prohibit the rabbit from being able to properly eat. (Photo: Warwickshire County Council)

A rabbit's long teeth were reason enough to slap English animal trader David Shipton with a fine for animal cruelty. Shipton was fined a total of 215 British pounds, or about $332, for failing to fix his rabbit's freakishly long teeth, which kept the furry rodent from being able to properly eat.

Mirror reports that Shipton was trying to sell the rabbit with dangerously overgrown teeth at a livestock market at Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town in south Warwickshire that was the birthplace of the famed English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

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According to the Press Association, the 65-year-old trader admitted that neglecting to tend to the rabbit's long teeth was cruel and that it caused the rabbit to suffer unnecessarily.

Officials from the Warwickshire County Council, the elected administrative body governing the county of Warwickshire in the West Midland region of England, cited Shipton for animal cruelty.

"In most cases we can deal with problems with guidance and advice but where traders consistently fail to take their responsibilities seriously, we have the option to take legal action," Janet Faulkner, head of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, told the Press Association.

According to the House Rabbit Society, a rabbit's long teeth, a condition called malocclusion, can be caused by one of three things: Long teeth could be congenital, meaning the rabbit was born that way; they could be caused by trauma; or, infection of the tooth roots can cause changes in direction of tooth growth.

The best way to take care of a rabbit's long teeth is to take the animal to a vet. Here’s a video of a vet trimming a rabbit’s teeth.

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