DERRY | A Derry woman is facing animal cruelty charges because two of her pet rabbits died after they were left outside without proper food or shelter.

Barbara Guilherme, 25, of Mount Pleasant Street will be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges in Derry District Court on April 17. She is free on $1,500 personal recognizance bail.

A third rabbit taken from Guilherme's home nearly died and is recovering at Windham Animal Hospital.

Animal control officers Marlene Bishop and Robin Bordonaro went to the home on Jan. 4 after receiving a report from a concerned passer-by.

Two of the rabbits were dead. The surviving rabbit, named Callie, was taken to Windham Animal Hospital for treatment.

"Why this rabbit is still alive, I don't know," Bishop said. "(She) had a strong will to survive."

Valerie Morneault, who works at the hospital, has decided to adopt Callie.

"She's adorable," Morneault said.

Morneault said on a scale of 1 to 9, with 9 being the best, Callie was about a 3 when she came in. She was very thin and had ear mites.

She paid for Callie's treatment and food at the hospital and decided to take her home.

"She's a very easy pet," Morneault said. "She's litter-box trained; she eats. It's just a case of having to pay attention to your animals."

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