NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The fees in one court case are multiplying, well, like rabbits.

The rabbits in question were seized in an animal cruelty investigation and have now cost the city an estimated $58,000.

The rabbits were seized from a home in Old Hickory last month.

The case hasn’t gone to court yet.

But as rabbits do, they’re now multiplying.

There were 60 rabbits when seized. Some of the rabbits were pregnant at the time. Animal control is now caring for 114 rabbits.

The cost of caring for the rabbits keep adding up.

Vet exams cost $75 per rabbit.

Soon animal control will have to add more kennels because as the siblings get older, they have to be separated or they will start fighting, and making more rabbits.

Jessica Cravens is the woman who owns the rabbits. News4 called the number on the police report and the person who answered hung up.

General Sessions Judge Bill Higgins ordered Cravens to post a $60,000 bond to cover the cost of her rabbits’ care.

The rabbits aren’t available for adoption yet since the animal cruelty case is still in the court system.

Cravens’ next court appearance is scheduled for June 20.

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Nancy Amons is an award-winning member of the News4 Investigates team. She has been breaking stories in Middle Tennessee for more than 20 years.

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