In the wake of a horrific case of cruelty toward two pet rabbits in Lenoir County, N.C., the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced that it is now offering a $1,500 reward for information that will lead to the capture of the perpetrators. When added to the $500 pledged by a private donor and an extra $500 from the Lenoir County SPCA, the total reward pool now stands at $2,500.
Shelby Clark, the rabbits’ owner, first realized that two of her rabbits had gone missing and another two had been tortured when she woke up on Saturday, Oct. 26. She says that the cages where the family kept the rabbits had been moved, while the blanket that covered them had been tossed. Of the family’s four rabbits, two remained: one had been skinned alive and another had been decapitated.
“I don’t know why anyone would do this,” Clarke added. “I still get emotional when I talk about it, because what they did was terrible. I don’t want this to happen to anybody else. I hope they find out who did this.”
Stacy Wolf, senior vice president of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group, said in a blog, “This is an unconscionable case of violent abuse that was committed with an extremely high level of depravity. While our ultimate hope is that these types of heinous acts never occur, we hope that the rewards being offered serve as a message that cruelty towards animals will not be tolerated in our society. We thank the Lenoir County SPCA and local authorities for their commitment to finding justice for these innocent rabbits.”
Police have suggested that this crime may have been Halloween-related. They ask anyone with information about the case to contact the Kinston Public Safety Tips Line at (252) 939-4020.
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