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Dr. Autumn Terry of All Kinds Veterinary Clinic in Callaway recently was presented a Sheriff’s Salute on Jan. 15 by Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans (R) for her recent service provided during a search and seizure warrant.

On Aug. 8, 2012, the sheriff’s office executed a search and seizure warrant at Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue in Lusby after receiving a complaint that a large number of rabbits were not being kept in a humane way, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Terry assisted animal control during the search and seizure and spent about 12 hours that day doing field examinations of about 265 rabbits, ordering the seizure of 222 of them. After assessing the rabbits at the rabbit rescue, she did further examinations at the Tri-County Animal Shelter, the press release states. During the time that the rabbits were housed at the shelter, Terry continued to see rabbits at her practice, as well as at the shelter.

Terry provided an estimated 35 hours of her own personal time examining the rabbits at her practice while she was working, at the shelter on her days off and at the rabbit rescue when the search warrant was executed. When requested to provide animal control with a bill for her service, she said she was not charging for her services and that she was volunteering her time. Terry saved animal control thousands of dollars by not charging a fee, the press release states.

KATIE FITZPATRICK