Reward Offered in Shocking Rabbit Cruelty Case

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 9:15am
Red and white rabbit napping on grass

The ASPCA is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in a shocking cruelty case in Kinston, North Carolina, involving rabbits. The victims were allegedly skinned alive, and one was also decapitated. This reward is in addition to the $1,000 currently being offered ($500 by the Lenoir County SPCA and $500 by a private donor).

“This is an unconscionable case of violent abuse that was committed with an extremely high level of depravity,” says Stacy Wolf, Senior VP of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group. “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 toward 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 two innocent rabbits.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Kinston Public Safety Tips Line at (252) 939-4020.

Please be vigilant in your community and report suspected animal abuse. Visit our Fight Cruelty section to learn which agencies are responsible for investigating and enforcing anti-cruelty laws in your area. 

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Horrific story. I hope that the reward does its job and leads to the capture and prosecution of the sick freaks who did this to those poor animals. Laws for abuse to animals must be harsher. A slap on the wrist to some ignorant lowlife will not stop animal abuse.


I think the idiots that did this should get the same treatment and see how they like it. No animal deserves to be treated badly. They are totally helpless and depend on us humans to take care of them NOT be mean to them. Those poor poor rabbits. Makes me cry its so sad. I agree with emma, the laws for animal abuse must be harsher. The laws are too lenient.


l agree with Angel 200%. Do on to others as they do on to you. SKIN THOSE SOB.


I agree with Angel. SKIN OR KILL THOSE CREEPS!! I mean seriously. Skinning the rabbits alive? That is way to much


I agree,Emma....what is this World coming to??I cannot understand the violence and inhumane acts upon the beloved animals that inhabit this world that cannnot act or speak fro themselves.We should be there voice and bring the animals Justice...I do not condone violence to end vilolence but what I do condone is education and care for those who-obviously suffer from psychological or mental issues....the trouble I am feeling is that these sick people will never get the treatment they need and our universe will suffer from the consequences...the creatures,the children,the environment....US!!!This World we call home.....It is a sad world we live in and we must have compassion for all beings and all souls that call EARTH....HOME....The underlying problem is....some people dont have a home or the notion and understanding of the concept due to their upringing and lack of a parent or parents to give them the message.....IGNORANCE is passed down from Parent to Child and Child to the next generation.....It is a sad world...But I have Hope,knowing that as a single mom....I teach my child treat all beings with respect and compassion....the sole problem is the percentile that has no respect for life!!!PEACE to all.....


I so agree, this totally sick behavior!


these people who hurt these innocent cute animals worship the devil this not right animals should be treated better


Disgusting that there are people out there so sick and twisted that they'd do things like this to helpless animals. I hope whoever did this get his juevos ripped off by a rabid ferret!


I agree we need stiffer punishment for animal abuse...these sick scums r not fit to be in our society where these poor animals rely on us for protection....sick sick sick


I think those idiots should the same pain those little animals felt every day for the rest of their sick lives!!!!