Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hearing postponed in killing of pet rabbit

November 22, 2006


A Lawrence man charged with felony animal cruelty for the killing of a pet rabbit made a brief appearance Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

Austin Newport, 22, appeared with his attorney, Jerry Wells, who asked District Court Judge Robert Fairchild to reschedule Newport's preliminary hearing until Jan. 16.

Newport is the first person to be charged in Douglas County under a new law that makes animal cruelty a felony in some cases. A police report alleged that on July 27 he put "Melvin" the lop-eared bunny - a pet he shared with his roommate - in a plastic bag, tried to break its neck and tried to cut it because he didn't think he could care for it anymore and wanted to eat it.

It later died at a veterinarian's office.

Newport acknowledged in an interview that he made a mistake but said he wasn't acting maliciously.

The case caught the interest of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which sent a letter to Dist. Atty. Charles Branson urging him to push for a "meaningful period of incarceration."


Confrontation 11 years, 6 months ago

In the meantime, deer are being killed with arrows. That's so much more humane, right?

BorderRat 11 years, 6 months ago

I sure hope the bunny police don't spy on me when I have a lobster boil.

bankboy119 11 years, 6 months ago

You boil lobster? You're so inhumane! How could you fry a beautiful slimy crustacean? I'm writing to Pamela Anderson and her PETA friends this very second. Something has to be done about this eating animals thing. How cruel!

Kelly Powell 11 years, 6 months ago

I've been trying to find someone who raises rabbits....I think they taste better than chicken and want to butcher out a few dozen ....most i will use whole....i want to try making a rabbit/duck sausage....if anyone knows where i can buy live bunnies, let me know.

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