Teens Kick & Throw Live Rabbit Against Walls
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Full Investigation/Charges Requested.
According to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office,
three teen girls are charged with animal cruelty after posting a Snapchat video that shows them laughing and giggling while chasing, kicking and throwing a live bunny around the room slamming it against walls repeatedly.
See the Video Here that shows the bunny being held by the throat and thrown across the room, hear the girls laughing as the bunny bangs off walls while each of them take a turn throwing the bunny.
Please Read the Full Petition letter at the Red Link below.
- Mayor Lenny Curry
- Sheriff William Leeper
- Commissioner Pat Edwards
- Animal Care and Control Center
- Code Enforcement
- State Attorney Angela B. Corey
- Jacquelyn Green
- Attorney Ian Dankelman
- Officer Patterson
- Commissioner Daniel B. Leeper
May 29, 2016
YULEE, Fla. - The Nassau County Sheriff's Office states three teenagers were arrested Saturday morning and charged with felony cruelty to animals. The teens were transferred to the juvenile detention facility in Jacksonville.
"The Nassau County Animal Service Facebook page states the rabbit is safe in its care and has a fractured leg and the bunny won't be available for adoption until its injury has healed".
Rabbits have very fragile bones, they die easily from fright and shock causes severe illness.
In the video you can hear the rabbit being banged off the walls and seen being chased and kicked repeatedly. It is nothing less than a Miracle if this rabbit survives with only a fractured leg.
When reviewing the News Story and Facebook comments, people living in the neighborhood have posted alleged complaints regarding the 3 teens killing a hamster, torturing animals, encouraging dog fights, bullying daughters of neighbors and one neighbor believing his dog was possibly killed by the same teens. They reference a dog named Shadow from the property where the teens were arrested that was seeking shelter while showing visible signs of hip or leg damage, claim the Police have been called there in the past and the teens are left unsupervised in the home. (references available per Authority request).
We the Petitioners would like to thank Nassau County Sheriff's Office for their quick investigation and for removing the rabbit to safety.
We respectfully request a full investigation with the neighbors regarding the complaints noted and that felony animal cruelty charges apply to the full extent of the law with juvenile detention reform. We the Petitioners also request the parents of the teens and homeowner where the crime occurred also be charged with animal cruelty and that these teens involved not be permitted to own animals in the future
It is well documented that a high percentage of children and teens who abuse animals go on to eventually commit other violent crimes. It is not acceptable these crimes go unpunished, it not acceptable parents are not held responsible for the children under their care when it relates to crimes of violence.
828.12. Florida Cruelty to animals
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Nassau Co Code of Ordinances
Animal cruelty: Any act or acts of neglect, torture, or torment that causes unjustifiable pain to or suffering of an animal. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause, procure or inflict cruelty to or upon animals, whether or not such cruelty results in severe injury or death.
The rabbit, recuperating at the animal shelter, has a leg fracture and some bruising, Maguire said, though it’s still unclear how serious the leg injury is. The bunny will eventually go up for adoption once he has recovered.
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