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  • 64 year old Iowa man kills rabbit for use in rabbit stew, gets 2 years in prison

    Originally posted by Des_Moines_Register
    Carroll man sentenced to two years in prison for killing rabbit with stick at ARL

    Updated 2:57 p.m. EST Mar. 3, 2020

    A man accused of killing a rabbit with a stick in December at the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa shelter was sentenced to two years in prison last month.


    Bobby Carothers, 64, of Carroll told Polk County sheriff's deputies that he killed the animal on Dec. 15. ARL staff members said Carothers was the only member of the public left in the shelter as they performed closing duties that night.

    Staff members asked Carothers to leave the building. Minutes later, staff members found a bunny named Petunia dead.

    Carothers told deputies he cut off the rabbit's ears and "whole head."

    " 'I'm having rabbit stew tonight,' " one staff member told deputies they heard Carothers say.

    Carothers was charged with animal torture, 1st offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Polk County Judge Tabitha Turner sentenced Carothers to two years in prison Feb. 13.

    "2019 was an exceptionally challenging year, none of the least of which was when Bobby Gene Carothers brazenly violated our safe haven for animals by horrifically murdering Petunia, a rabbit in our care," ARL of Iowa CEO Tom Colvin said in a statement Tuesday. "This has been an incredibly painful journey of recovery for our team and while we are relieved to have a resolution in the courts for this case, our fight to improve Iowa’s animal welfare laws continues, and is now more personal than ever before."

    The ARL of Iowa provided grief counseling services to its staff following the December incident and received a protective order preventing Carothers from entering any ARL facilities, according to ARL officials.
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    Last edited by JRT; 04 Mar 20,, 18:42.