At­tempt to burn bun­nies ‘sick’

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lucy Vick­ers

Pet lovers Brooke and Rob­bie Per­reau want to catch the per­son who tried to burn their rabbits alive on Easter Mon­day.

Brooke, 11, dis­cov­ered news­pa­per ashes and burn marks around their rab­bit hutch when she went to feed Bert and Snowy on Tues­day morn­ing.

The rabbits were un­harmed but Bert’s whiskers are singed.

Brooke says she was freaked out be­cause it was ob­vi­ous some­one was try­ing to kill the bun­nies.

“It was just good luck that the hutch did not prop­erly catch on fire,” says Rob­bie, who calls the act sadis­tic.

“Could you imag­ine what would have hap­pened if the cage had caught alight?

“Brooke would have been the first per­son to find her burnt bun­nies.”

Brooke’s mother Donna says the at­tack was “sick”.

She says the scary thing is that Brooke has pitched a tent near the hutch.

There was also pa­per un­der the tent.

The fam­ily re­calls smelling smoke at 10pm on Mon­day and find­ing the front gate open but did not see the hutch on fire.

“It’s pretty scary to think some­one came on to our prop­erty while we were all inside,” says Rob­bie.

It’s not the first time the Per­reaus have had an in­truder.

A few months ago some­one came in while Rob­bie was home alone, and one morn­ing they found the hutch open and Snowy and Bert run­ning around the yard.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

Dis­gusted: Brooke Per­reau with her bunny Snowy, who had a close shave when her hutch was set on fire.

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