Thugs smash hutch and stamp on rab­bit

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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