Thugs smash hutch and stamp on rabbit
A FAMILY have branded yobs who killed their pet rabbit by stamping on him until his neck broke as “sick”.
Benji the rabbit was found dead by 14-year-old Lauren Coles on Thursday morning after the brutal attack in the garden of her family home in Tower Court, Woodston, Peterborough.
Now the family are appealing for people to come forward with information about the “disgusting” culprits.
Julie Coles (46) said: “On Wednesday night I went out with my sister to walk her dog. I got home at about 9.30pm and Benji was in his hutch as normal in the back garden.
“Then on Thursday morning my daughter woke up and looked out of the window and saw bits of straw across the garden
“We went closer and saw the hutch had been destroyed and Benji was lying on the floor. It looked like his neck was broken.
“He had obviously tried to put up a fight as there was some fur left in the cage where he had struggled.
“At first we thought an animal had done it, but when we looked at what had happened to the hutch it was obvious it had to be people who had done it.
“I have no idea why anyone would do this. I have not had any arguments with anyone. I jut can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt a defenceless rabbit.
“We have had Benji for two years and he is an important part of the family.
“We are all very upset about what has happened, especially as it has happened at this time of year.
“I think there must be something wrong with who ever did this or they are just sick.”
The RSPCA will now carry out a post mortem on the rabbit to find out what happened during the attack.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “We were called to the address after a rabbit was taken from its hutch, which was then destroyed.
“The offenders have then stamped on the rabbit. We don’t know how many times the rabbit was stamped on, but a post mortem will reveal what actually happened. I can’t imagine the horror the rabbit went through that night.” Anyone with information about the incident should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
devastated: Julie Coles with (clockwise), Lauren Coles, Courtney Coles and Georgia Laidlaw, whose family pet rabbit Benji was stamped to death.
happy in his garden: Benji, before yobs struck.