Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man Caused Fatal Injuries to Rabbits; 26-Year-Old Admits Guilt

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man Caused Fatal Injuries to Rabbits; 26-Year-Old Admits Guilt

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Byline: BETHANY LODGE bethany.lodge@trinitymirror.com @bethlodge1

A MAN was given a two-year community order after he admitted causing fatal injuries to three pet rabbits.

Callum Matthew Thomas Taylor, 26, subjected the animals to brutal ordeals between April and November this year.

John Ellwood, prosecuting, said Taylor caused "serious injuries" to a rabbit called Mischief on April 18.

The animal suffered extensive bruising around the mouth and nose, and fractures to the body, collar bone and at least three ribs.

The court heard that "substantial force" must have been required to cause the injuries. Taylor admitted he dropped the rabbit on concrete on more than one occasion.

Mr Ellwood continued: "The defendant, when interviewed, admitted a further offence. Although the rabbit was disposed of before the RSPCA saw it, the defendant admitted that he caused it multiple injuries, trauma and then death by again mishandling it.

"Worryingly in this matter, after the rabbit had died he took it to bed and slept overnight with it. …

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