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Suspect accused in rabbit’s death faces felony charge

August 30, 2006

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A Lawrence man charged with killing Melvin the lop-eared bunny is the first person to be prosecuted in Douglas County under a new state law that makes animal cruelty a felony.

Dist. Atty. Charles Branson's office on Friday filed a felony animal cruelty charge against Lawrence resident Austin Newport, who's charged with killing his and his roommate's pet rabbit July 27 by putting it in a plastic bag and trying to break its neck.

Prior to July 1, the crime of cruelty to animals was classified only as a misdemeanor. But an outcry about some high-profile animal cruelty cases - including the beating and burning of Scruffy the terrier in 1997 in Kansas City, Kan., and the case of a puppy found last year in a Wichita trash bin with bound feet, a broken leg and chemical burns - spurred the Legislature to toughen the penalties.

Now, it can be charged as a felony when prosecutors believe the person "intentionally and maliciously" killed, injured, maimed, tortured, burned or mutilated an animal. It carries a minimum 30-day jail sentence and $500 fine, as well as a mandatory psychological evaluation and anger management program.

Newport's explanation, according to a police report, was that he didn't think he could care for the rabbit any more and planned to eat it. He said in an interview that he wasn't acting maliciously and that the animal died the next day after a heart attack.

"I did mess up, I will admit that, but I was trying to do the right thing," he said. "I feel horrible."

His former roommate, Jamie Nixon, who reported the incident to police, said she doesn't accept his explanation. She said she approves of the tougher animal cruelty law.

"It seems like for something that has no ability to stand up for itself, we need to do what we can," she said.

The law makes a number of exceptions, including the killing of animals under normal veterinary practices, for research experiments or in authorized hunting or trapping. It also makes an exception for "normal or accepted practices of animal husbandry," including practices for slaughtering farm animals for food.

"Based on what we've got here, we don't believe it fits in those definitions," Branson said.

Even though animal cruelty wasn't a felony until this year, in the past offenders still could face jail time. For example, a man convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty for throwing a pet rabbit off a balcony in September 2005 at a Lawrence apartment complex eventually served a 20-day jail term, according to city prosecutor Jerry Little.

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gr 7 years, 7 months ago

"If you tell them you want to take it home to eat it, they will think you are a total nut case."

So you are saying he had no other option.

"Do you buy pets with the specific intention of making it into a meal in the future?"

Ever been to a 4-H fair? Why they were slicing up Betzy into nice juicy steaks in no time.

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Kelly Powell 7 years, 7 months ago

Hmmm, the differance is A RABBIT IS NATURES FRENCH FRY....It is a bottom of the food chain critter....my pet bunny ended up as dinner when i was a kid, because it became a nuisance animal. Who payed for the damm thing? Whoever shucked out the cash is the owner of the animal, and since rabbits are considered meat animals(unlike cat, dogs and other carnivores) he was guilty of stupidity and nothing more. i am now going to have to buy a dozen rabbits and butcher them on general principle.....oh yes, i allmost forgot.....you hippies who leave your dogs leashed to trees for hours on end while you are at free state or a coffee shop are just as damm guilty of animal abuse.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, you can take an animal to the Humane Society, and they will euthanize it free of charge. They will, however, ask you if you want them to dispose of the body. If you tell them you want to take it home to eat it, they will think you are a total nut case.

Just as this guy is.

Of course, the Humane Society would not euthanize an animal that was healthy, without trying to find a home for it first.

Exactly what kind of person has an animal as a pet for a period of time and then suddenly decides he wants to eat it? How many times have you had the urge to eat your dog, or your cat? Do you buy pets with the specific intention of making it into a meal in the future?

He's just making excuses to try and get himself off the hook, because he knows what he did was wrong. I've never heard so much ridiculous hooey in my life.

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gr 7 years, 7 months ago

"He knew there were places he could take the rabbit to have this done humanely, if this was really his intent."

So tell me, where do you go, without charge, and ask them to humanely kill your rabbit because you want to eat it?

"Yeah, you are correct but the rabbit still got dead."

Marion, the rabbit being "dead" was never the issue.

Lynn: "I detest bullies, or anyone who picks on, injures, or kills anyone or anything unable to defend itself! "

Do you suggest that if someone or something is able to defend itself, it is ok to pick on or injur them? As far as killing, do you kill mosquitoes? Or if you think they can "defend" themselves, what about flies?

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gbaker 7 years, 7 months ago

be very very quiet, I'm hunting rabbits.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 7 months ago

This guy is a nut case, and all his talk of "trying to do the right thing" and just wanting to eat the rabbit are a bunch of BS, just an attempt to cover his a##. He knew there were places he could take the rabbit to have this done humanely, if this was really his intent.

Exactly how do you kill something without malice, compd? Isn't wanting something dead malicious in itself?

I still believe that anybody that could do this to an animal is perfectly capable of doing it to a human.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 7 months ago

compmd:

Yeah, you are correct but the rabbit still got dead.

Thanks.

Marion.

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lubyloo 7 years, 7 months ago

I hope guy rots in prison. Anyone that would do this belongs there.

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compmd 7 years, 7 months ago

Unless this guy has a moronic attorney, he isn't getting convicted of a felony. The verbiage of the law requires that the state prove malicious intent. The defendant here has a rather clear defense: he couldn't care for the rabbit and he wanted to eat it. Additionally, the rabbit was shared property, equal parts his and his roommate's. This will work against him, although it weakens the claim of the roommate. As much as some of you might want it to be, stupidity isn't illegal. Sometimes I wish it were. Its quite possible that he didn't know what the most effective way of killing the rabbit was. He also probably had great difficulty in performing the act. He admits he was trying to do the right thing. I would be willing to bet Mr. Newport doesn't have a criminal record either. This case has nothing to do with "Scruffy's Law," nor is it appropriate to apply the same jurisprudence to this case.

What this case really is is a case of a roommate dispute, not a felony crime.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 7 months ago

Somebody kills one of my animal companions they had better skedaddle as there is nowhere on the planet in which they will be able to hide.

Such a person may gain some time but that person had better use the time well.

Thanks.

Marion.

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dozer 7 years, 7 months ago

It would suck to be a rabbit in this town.

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GOPConservative 7 years, 7 months ago

If it were his own rabbit, he has the right to eat it but should have killed it in a humane manner.

The rabbit belonged to his roommate, who filed the charges. It was her pet. If someone killed one of my pets in front of me in an inhumane way because he "wanted to eat it," I'd want him prosecuted, too, if I didn't end up going off and beating him to death before I reported the crime.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 7 years, 7 months ago

I think he should do a year, in addition to all of the other punishment. The jail time is far too lenient. He committed a felony, he should not have the right to vote, or own a gun. I detest bullies, or anyone who picks on, injures, or kills anyone or anything unable to defend itself! The legislature agrees which is why they made it a felony, and they are long overdue in doing it. Thank you, Lynn

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sybil 7 years, 7 months ago

This is why what he did was so bad.

http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/news/6683987/detail.html

Pay close attention to the atttitude of those involved.

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gr 7 years, 7 months ago

"intentionally and maliciously"

Intentionally probably could be established, but it doesn't appear he did it maliciously. Though, "the animal died the next day", does sound cruel. If he was having a problem, he should have used a hammer. That would be a humane way of killing it.

Brian: "Eating a rabbit is acceptable, eating someone's pet rabbit is a crime." Why?

If a dog is no one's pet, is it acceptable to eat it?

'What are you in for?'

'Killing my food before eating it'

I've seen kids stepping on ants and pulling legs off grandaddy-long-legs. Should I turn them in? I'm sure studies could show that all rapists stepped on ants as kids. As well as presidents probably did for that matter. Look at your neighbor. Does he look like an ant-killer to you? Or....is he a cockroach killer?!

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sybil 7 years, 7 months ago

Posted by Feverpitch (anonymous) on August 30, 2006 at 10:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I hit a squirrel the other day with my car. I didn't even feel bad about it. That's not very humane is it? Cuff me.

Page 4 Section 2 of the city code govorning animals states if you operate a motor vehicle and hit and animal on the city street you must report it. Cuffs? maybe.

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fascinating_person 7 years, 7 months ago

I only read the first few comments on this page before scrolling in exasperation to the bottom, so forgive me if this topic has already been brought up, but it's my understanding that an alarmingly high rate of people who commit violent crimes - this includes serial killers - have a history of animal abuse. Obviously I'm not implying that this man or any other person charged with animal cruelty is a people murderer, but I am saying that there are logical reasons to punish and evaluate this negative behavior.

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jcantspell 7 years, 7 months ago

whats up doc.

thats all folks!

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offtotheright 7 years, 7 months ago

This is so stupid!

Is catching a mouse (filthy rodents) in a mouse trap considered a crime?

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

sasquatch -- You are an imposter!

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davisnin 7 years, 7 months ago

This really sounds like a guy that has never done anything wrong before and always makes good moral and legal decisions. I'm really sure a felony will hold this guy back from his future as president.

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swbsow 7 years, 7 months ago

Posted by Feverpitch (anonymous) on August 30, 2006 at 10:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I hit a squirrel the other day with my car. I didn't even feel bad about it. That's not very humane is it? Cuff me.

It only counts if you didn't kill it the first time & backed up over it again to make sure it was dead.

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Sasquatch34 7 years, 7 months ago

powershopper-

"Sasquatch: When you refer to scientists" ...uhhhh....I never referred to "scientists." In order to participate in this thread you might have to read beyond a grade school level.

"but there isn't a 100% connection" ..the only thing that has 100% certainty are death and taxes. So by your logic if something has 90% certainty then its worth ignoring.

"covers up "said" crappola by telling me to "google it" myself." ...You said you didn't want cut and paste. You cant have it both ways. Either you want the info served to you or you find it yourself.

"why are you policing the LJ World blog" ...They removed an earlier comment of mine. A first for me. I felt insulted, especially since there was way more ad hominem attacks in your post than mine.

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Sasquatch34 7 years, 7 months ago

bunnyhawk- Can YOU read. I agreed with your assessment that child abuse is a problem. If what you say is accurate....: "and if you had a clue at all you'd know that there is a very strong relationship between animal abuse and prior experiences of child abuse" ....then why wouldn't you want this man prosecuted?!? You contradict yourself! Then you go on a rant about Phil Kline....what does that have to do with the animal cruelty story at the top of this page? I dont like him either, but its not the point.

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Agnostick 7 years, 7 months ago

hehehehe... "Phil Klingon"... I like that, bunnyhawk!

--Ag

P.S. The correct spelling is Philllllllllllllllllll Klingon.

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

Bunny Hawk - Right on, Brother!

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

Sasquatch: When you refer to scientists, do you mean psychologist and psychiatrists? That is a fairly general term there buddy. If an astronomer were to tell me there is a connection between animal cruelty and sociopathic behavior I would believe them about as much as I buy into your bullsh*t. If a psychologist were to tell me that, then I would say: You are probably right...most of the time. Animal cruelty may be a precursor to sociopathic behavior but there isn't a 100% connection. What conclusion does this lead me to? Big-foot has not a clue what he/she is talking about and comes across as a complete pseudo-intellectual bafoon who covers up "said" crappola by telling me to "google it" myself.

On a side note, why are you policing the LJ World blog? You seem to have an issue with control. This too is a typical behavior of sociopaths.

Lawrence is my hometown. While I don't live there anymore, I do have a vested interest. Plus, idiots like you make for great, free entertainment!

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bunnyhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

sasquatch,

can you read? My point was NOT that we shouldn't prosecute for animal abuse. My point was why on earth is our DA's office pursuing this prosecution when only the most heinous of child abusers are prosecuted? It's a matter of scale and priorities sasquatch............in this world where saving the unborn is more important than protecting living children.............I guess it only makes sense that we prosecute some poor guy for rabbit abuse..........and let scores of child abusers keep on abusing those worthless children! I'm sure they had it coming! This is Right up Phil Klingon's alley.........going after the abortion providers instead of the sexual abuse perpetrators who put those young women in the abortion providers offices to start with! I would prefer that my hard earned tax dollars be spent on prosecuting felony child abuse..............and if you had a clue at all you'd know that there is a very strong relationship between animal abuse and prior experiences of child abuse............it's all very closely related.

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acg 7 years, 7 months ago

Eride writes: "Would you put your roommates pet in a bag and try to kill it?"

Not a roommate's pet, no, but I've had a few roommates I would consider doing that to. :)

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Sasquatch34 7 years, 7 months ago

bunnyhawk-

Where's the logic in bashing a law thats been improved by bringing up others that need to be improved? I might agree with you if you weren't so off topic. I believe child sexual abuse can already be considered a felony. If you have a specific reason why the animal cruelty law isn't good, by all means share it with us, but saying it is unworthy of being a felony is ridiculous and counterproductive to your goal.

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scenebooster 7 years, 7 months ago

"Hunting is completely different then slowly and inhumanely killing your roommates pet. "

As someone who grew up hunting, do think running through the woods with an arrow hanging out of your chest while you bled out is pleasant?

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scenebooster 7 years, 7 months ago

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guppypunkhead 7 years, 7 months ago

butchering: quickly killing, by say gunshot or hit in the head, or an efficient snap of the neck.

torturing: putting it in a plastic bag, to slowly suffocate. then trying to snap its neck but... somehow failing? so just injuring its neck, and it dies the NEXT DAY, rather than in less than 10 seconds.

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hurlehey_boy 7 years, 7 months ago

The craziest thing here, is I heard that this guy is short, bald and has a hard time pronouncing his r's.

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bunnyhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm all for protecting animals, but I have to wonder how many perpetrators of child abuse are prosecuted in Douglas County????????????????

It's a sad but true fact that the first protection laws in this country sought to prevent abuse of animals and it was animal abuse laws that were first used to prosecute parents for abusing their children. And 150 years later, we're still more willing to prosecute on behalf of animals than on behalf of children.

Ask your District Attorney and that silly Attorney General Klingon how many of the substantiated reports of child sexual abuse in Kansas ever result in criminal charges and prosecution??????????

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Sasquatch34 7 years, 7 months ago

By the way, to the Lawrence journal World: There are several other violations of your alleged policies on this forum alone...Lets get consistent.

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Sasquatch34 7 years, 7 months ago

Powershopper- shooting at birds and squirrells with slingshots or Bb guns when you were a kid is not the sort of thing I was talking about. Now , if you caught said squirrel and started pulling out his claws or, say, put him in a bag just to get your jollies off of seeing a living thing in pain, then you are a class A psycho. As for the studies, at your request I'll save you the cut and pasting. All you need to do is google animal cruelty studies and you'll have all the evidence you need...its not exactly a secret. Almost all psychologists will agree that there is definitely a connection. Finally, for someone who has condemned Kansas and thanked God openly to not live here anymore, you seem to spend a lot of time posting on a Lawrence newspaper forum...wherever you moved to must not be a whole lot better, because you just cant seem to tear yourself away.

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Agnostick 7 years, 7 months ago

From the article, 2nd graf:

"Dist. Atty. Charles Branson's office on Friday filed a felony animal cruelty charge against Lawrence resident Austin Newport, who's charged with killing his and his roommate's pet rabbit July 27 by putting it in a plastic bag and trying to break its neck."

Operative words: "his AND his roommate's"

The defendant was living with a girl. While there's no reference to any sort of romantic and/or sexual relationship between the two, it can't be ruled out.

Further down in the article:

"His former roommate, Jamie Nixon, who reported the incident to police, said she doesn't accept his explanation. She said she approves of the tougher animal cruelty law."

Get that? HE killed the rabbit; SHE called the police. Clearly, Nixon cared for the animal.

I don't know about anyone else, but I greatly suspect this was some "lovers spat" taken one step too far. I'd guess that Newport and Nixon were all "luvie-duvie" when they moved in together. Probably went out to some pet store and got a rabbit, a pretty good pet choice if you're living in an apartment. Then, maybe an argument, or things began to sour between the two. Newport waited until Nixon was out of the house for a day or two, and then made his move.

Besides, doesn't anybody remember...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093010/

Agnostick (not to be confused with "Columbo," "Mannix," etc.) agnostick@excite.com

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sleepy20520 7 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Eride.... This guy wasn't going hunting for food or putting a hurt/sick pet out of its misery. He killed a healthy rabbit because he "couldnt take care of it." He wasn't looking for food but instead used that as an excuse after he said he didnt feel he could care for it. If you can't care for a pet, especially one that isn't your, you give it away to a good home or humane society.

I am a meat eater as well and I go fishing for fish I will eat. I agree things of this nature shouldn't be made unlawful. But this rabbit was not just some WILD rat/mouse running loose in your house, or WILD deer being hunted for food or anything like that. He was his roomates, caged, tame rabbit...it was his roomates healthy PET. Same as a dog, fish, cat, pig, hamster, whatever. If you had a pet of any kind, would you be happy to know your roomate TRIED to choke it to death and then later died of a heart attack? If you do, then you too need a psych evaluation.

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Kelly Powell 7 years, 7 months ago

unite....thanks for giving your mice to somebody else....just kill the damm things.....Believe me there is no shortage of mice in the world.

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Kelly Powell 7 years, 7 months ago

youhave not read the original article.....it was his rabbit......The roomate just had an emotional attachment to it.

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Eride 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't really understand the connection some of you are making between the person who killed the rabbit and hunting in general. Hunting is completely different then slowly and inhumanely killing your roommates pet. What kind of person does that? Would you put your roommates pet in a bag and try to kill it? How do you think the majority of the population would view such an action?

There is a difference between getting a hunting license and participating in a legal sport using legal methods and torturing someone else's pet.

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unite2revolt 7 years, 7 months ago

Do you think boiling lobsters alive qualifies as cruel or accepted? Stupid laws. I guess the next time I think a hamster or a gold fish is suffering, rather than putting it out of its misery myself, I will take to the humane shelter so they can euthanize it humanely. At least that way I won't have to worry about having to go to jail. And before I get labelled an animal hater or something know that when I have mouse trouble I use live traps to catch and release them.

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scootterxlch 7 years, 7 months ago

"should i shoot him now or wait til i get home..." elmer fudd shoot me know shoot me know" daffy duck "whats up doc" BANG that will teach that waskily wabbit" elemer fudd hosenfeffer anyone lol spelling be damned

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armyguy 7 years, 7 months ago

He can serve in the military, I served with several felons. I am wondering now If I could be a felon as I have killed a few rabbits in my back yard this summer, while they chomped on my garden.

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nonsmoker 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm not certain teaching the "proper way" to kill is the best option here. I'm assuming he was in the kitchen, and I doubt there are no knives in their kitchen. If he could only think of using his bare hands to kill the rabbit then either brain implant surgery is in order, or he was acting out of rage. As far as shooting Bambi is concerned, if the "hunter" is skilled enough to shoot the arrow for a clean kill it is not torture. I do have a problem with these "mighty hunters" who have to keep a 4 wheeler handy to follow the deer for miles because they gut shot it.

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Feverpitch 7 years, 7 months ago

I hit a squirrel the other day with my car. I didn't even feel bad about it. That's not very humane is it? Cuff me.

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acg 7 years, 7 months ago

rednek, that's a good idea. He should be the guy in charge of slaughter at the farms, at the human society shelter, etc. He should spend every spare minute of his time killing things for the next 6 months. He should have to work at meat packing plants and be the guy who uses the gun on the cows and puts down the horses at the glue factory (do they still do that?). He should even have to work at Orkin.

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scarlets_talk 7 years, 7 months ago

"He will never be able to join the military"

Well, gee, that's too bad. I'm sure they're looking for soldiers of his caliber at Abu Ghraib...I don't think I'd want someone capable of this cruelty to animals in a position to do the same to people.

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number3of5 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey buffalobill

the correct way to kill a tame rabbit is to hold it upside down by the hind legs and wack it behind the ears with a baseball bat or heavy stick. I butchered all of the frying rabbits I raised in this manner. I enjoyed eating them also. When a female quite producing, she was killed and stewed instead of fryed.

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Kelly Powell 7 years, 7 months ago

with a rabbit you really only need your bare hand or a stick if it's a really big bunny....grab the back legs and hit them with the edge of your hand at the base of the skull.....you will seperate the brainstem and they pretty much die instantly(there will be a little flopping and nerve twitching) instead of jail time he should be sentanced to work on a farm where they do butchering.....

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scootterxlch 7 years, 7 months ago

Killing for food is part of the cycle of life. THis man should be punished for sheer stupidity. THe outrage is not for what "he says" he was trying to do but for how he tried to do it in a seriously inhumane fashion. a cleaver, a .22, a garrote <?sp?> would have been humane in attempting to prepare a meal. THis is about stupidity not animal cruelty.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 7 months ago

"...but I was trying to do the right thing."

While not all who relish torturing animals turn into psychopathic killers, I bet we could find a shrink or two who could verify that many such psychos did begin by torturing household pets.

I'm less interested in any fine or such and more in (a) forcing the psychological eval, and (b) getting this loser-freak 'into the system' so he can be identified if he does turn up with a dozen bodies in his backyard someday.

(DA Branson: if he does time, please make sure the other inmates learn exactly what he's in for.)

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Agnostick 7 years, 7 months ago

No, rednekbuddha, you really don't want "anybody who was there." Sad truth is, you can always count on somebody chiming in,

"OH YEAH! I WAS THERE!"

or

"Hey, I know this lady..."

or

"I lived right across the street from these people"

or

"I went to school with her daughter's first cousin"

... or some other BS (it's already happened in this thread, just a few posts back).

Being a Centrist myself, I have to agree with "Centrist." There's a big difference between "torturing"... and things like "hunting"... "harvesting"... or "slaughtering."

This was "torturing."

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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Kelly Powell 7 years, 7 months ago

i wish somebody who actually knew what happened would chime in....personally I think it was just an act of stupidity....The kids just a milquetoast who had no idea how to cleanly kill a animal....And wasn't it HIS rabbit?.....There was an art exhibit about three years ago where a guy allowed a baby mouse to die of starvation in a jar....That seems more grotesque then this bit of idiocy.

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gerbilsniper 7 years, 7 months ago

Ya know, i'm not saying this guy is right, but some of these other people have a point. If i am sitting in a tree stand at 6 am pointing a rifle at a deer...i'm acting malicious and intentially trying to kill that animal. And someone please tell me a gunshot is a humane way to kill an animal?

So in this state's skewed ass legal system, a creep who beat to death a pair of slippers with ears should spend a month in the pen, never be able to find a job other than fast food, and should have some guy evaluate his mental state....but somone who's gonna shoot Bambi between the ribs is considered the heart of this great state....

Makes me sick

and i know the rabbit owner...she's a fruitcake anyways.

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

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feeble 7 years, 7 months ago

"If he'd just shot the rabbit, and skinned it, there wouldn't have been any fuss."

That's entirely the point. Quickly killing an animal, be it a pet or otherwise, isn't nearly on the same page as torturing the critter over the course of 24 hours.

It's been farily well documented in that Berkowitz, Bundy and Dahmer all tortured animals as teens, as did Harris and Klebold.

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eskimopieinKS 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey Powerdipstick

You can vote after a felony conviction in KS. Don't expect us to feed you the info, get out on the web and find it yourself.

In KS, the only time you can't vote after a felony is when you are in prison.

Look it up! You can find state by state disenfranchisement info if you just look for it instead of blindly swallowing some crap somebody fed you.

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Mr_Ramirez 7 years, 7 months ago

HA HA. Serves you right you moron!!

Have fun with that Felony charge!!

-Melvin's revenge

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

Centrist: Where did you find that tid-bit of information? How do you know that Melvin was left in a bag overnight? How does anybody know it died from a heart attack? Did the coroner conduct an autopsy?

What a waste this entire fiasco is. Thank god I don't pay taxes in Kansas, Douglas County, or Lawrence.

To the prosecuting attorney: How excited you must be to be prosecuting the mastermind criminal behind the Great Bunny Caper of Lawrence, KS. I hope you throw the whole book at him, and he is given a life sentence at Leavonworth.

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macon47 7 years, 7 months ago

animals should never be victimized, and I support some type of penalty. this perp sounds like a loser and a real gutless wonder if he cant snap a rabbits neck but we have alot more SICK-A-HOLES wandering the streets of lawrence that our ELMER FUND district attorney could focus his efforts on ps, did anyone ever get to eat the darn thing? (they taste just like chicken)

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Centrist 7 years, 7 months ago

You all seemed to miss the part about the rabbit dying "the next day".

This sick a-hole slowly suffocated that rabbit, and all the while trying to break its neck, into the following day.

He deserves what he gets. Period.

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macon47 7 years, 7 months ago

terrorists beware, you can murder , rape, and deal drugs in douglas country, and we will let you waltz in and out of court like your a guest. BUT KILL A BABY BUNNY, and we are all over you like ELMER FUDD we are tough on crime here. welcome to lawrence support your local drug dealer

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

monkeyman: That's not what I heard. I am no lawyer, but it was my understanding that a felony is a felony and carries certain consequences. I would like to read up on it though. Can you please provide a few resources I could utilize to do some research.

As for your laundry list of sociopaths. I doubt a criminal conviction when they were children would have prevented them from doing what they did.

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Tychoman 7 years, 7 months ago

This dirtbag better get what he deserves.

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BrianR 7 years, 7 months ago

There is a big difference between say tying a dog to a tree for an excessive period of time or beating the dog to death and eating it. In the case of the tree some education is needed in the latter case, something darker is going on. Eating a rabbit is acceptable, eating someone's pet rabbit is a crime.

Sigmund, Will you be showcasing that recipe on your new Food Network show That's Inedible?

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

Sasquatch: My brother and I use to shoot birds and squirels with a slingshot. Eventually, we graduated to bb guns and 22 rifles. We once shot and killed a rabbit and then used it for target practice. Inhumane, possibly; a couple of kids growing up in sub-rural Kansas bored out of their minds, more likely. Just a few years ago, I shot a rabbit because it was eating vegetables out of one of my neighbors garden. Does this make me a violent person? Perhaps. Have I ever raised my hand in an act of violence to another human being? Never.

You quote these studies, sasquatch, but I don't see you backing them up. Why don't you provide a few sources for us to look at. Go ahead and endow us with your intimate knowledge of criminal pathology. Try not to cut and past links though as it would be a bit trite and a little too played out.

As for the studies at KU. They do take place. I have seen it with my own two eyes. What a shame your ignorance is.

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John Spencer 7 years, 7 months ago

Powershopper wrote: He will never be able to vote nor own a gun as a result of this. He will never be able to join the military, will always have to denote himself as a convicted felon on job applications, and will never be able to acquire a security clearance.

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

If convicted, he can (after the requisite number of years) file to have the incident expunged, effectively removing the incident from his record. He can vote, hold all but a few public offices. Join the service, would not have to denote himself as a felon and get a clearance. I am sure that there are a whole slew of people that wish Dahmer, Gacy and Bundy (to name a few) had been prosecuted for the acts of cruelty to animals they commited when they were kids.

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grimpeur 7 years, 7 months ago

Now if they would just apply the same penalties to road ragers. Especially the psych exam. And a swift kick in the pills by each member of a jury of 11 of his peers...no, 13 of his peers...ahh, 11, 13, somewhere around there.

Smitty, I think you're in the clear, you chowhound. I see no malicious intent, rather, a refined taste for rodents, or a taste for refined rodents. That dessert, however...I'll just, ah, have a black coffee.

Sig, don't you have 'merkin degrees on your oven? Y'know, degrees F? I love the metric system, but dammit, F is for freedom, by gum.

Powershopper, he probably doesn't vote anyway, and he's clearly unfit to own a gun. It's not that he killed a rabbit; it's the sick mind behind the act.

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buffalobill 7 years, 7 months ago

That jerk was obviously sick and freaked his roomate out badly. I kill for food. This sicko was completely inhumane. Who can't manage to kill a rabbit with bare hands anyway?This guy fabricated a bad story to cover up his dementia.

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xenophonschild 7 years, 7 months ago

The minions of law and order have nothing better to engage their time?

If he'd just shot the rabbit, and skinned it, there wouldn't have been any fuss.

This is a trifle - excuse the pun - overkill.

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smitty 7 years, 7 months ago

Does that mean I must not continue to use my live trap to catch squirrels in the city park or just butcher them else where? We were going to have fried squirrel, mashed potatoes, gravey and some garden veggies for a dinner party tonight, private residence, only $29 a plate, dessert extra(dumpster dive bread pudding).

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Sigmund 7 years, 7 months ago

  1. Preheat the oven to 110C.

  2. Heat a frying pan - add the olive oil followed by the bacon.

  3. Fry the bacon until golden and crisp. Add the rabbit to the frying pan and fry until golden on all sides. Remove from the pan and place in the casserole dish.

  4. Add the shallots, carrots, bay leaf, garlic and honey to the frying pan and fry, stirring often, until the shallots and carrots are caramelised.

  5. Tip the shallot mixture to the casserole dish, season with salt and freshly ground pepper and sprinkle over the thyme .

  6. Pour in the cider, cover the casserole dish and bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes, until the rabbit is tender.

  7. Serve with plenty of creamy mashed potatoes.

  8. Serve a year in prison (Kansas residents only).

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Sasquatch34 7 years, 7 months ago

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

Screw that brfts. This guy killed a frickin' bunny rabbit and is going to prison as a consequence. Nuts! What a rediculous law. He will never be able to vote nor own a gun as a result of this. He will never be able to join the military, will always have to denote himself as a convicted felon on job applications, and will never be able to acquire a security clearance. Meanwhile, people are shooting deer with bow and arrows and mounting their heads on the wall while at the same time the university of kansas is conducting medical experiments on beagles and bunnies.

I hope this man is exonerated of all charges. This situation exemplifies the term "the law is an ass". It also reaffirms why I moved away from Kansas.

To the Judge and the DA: Your honor, please drop this case if it comes to your court room. Mr. Prosecuter: You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Gootsie 7 years, 7 months ago

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brfts 7 years, 7 months ago

you sick individual...I hope you get what you deserve in prison..

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lunacydetector 7 years, 7 months ago

now if they could only make it illegal to kill unborn babies in this state.

....but at least this law should save other bunnies from certain death.

glad to see some people have priorities.

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