Nixa Man Rejects Settlement Offer in Bunny Case
NIXA (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has rejected a federal offer to drop a fine if he agrees to stop breeding rabbits and guinea pigs. John Dollarhite of Nixa says the settlement was not what he and his wife agreed to in June. Federal officials offered to drop a $90,643 penalty if he would no longer sell or breed rabbits and guinea pigs. Dollarhite says he is waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make a counteroffer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Dollarhite would not be more specific about his objections. The agriculture department fined Dollarhite, who ran Dollarvalue Rabbitry from April 2008 to December 2009, because he did not have a license to breed and sale animals. A USDA spokesman said the agency has not decided how to respond to Dollarhite's refusal of the deal.