Two teenage rabbit killers apologise for torturing a family pet before walking free from court


Two rabbit killers have apoligised for stealing a family’s pet, before throwing her out of the window and then wringing her neck.

The white lion head rabbit Percy was taken from her hutch in Embleton Mews, Dawdon, before being taken to a house party in Eloise Close, Seaham.

The animal was then tortured, with a video posted on Instagram showing four teenagers in a bath with the pet attempting to shave her coat with a razor.

Dominic Baker, of Station Road, Seaham, wrung the neck of the family pet. He appeared in court yesterday with a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for sentencing. Baker told a youth court held at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court: “I feel sorry for the family and what they have gone through.”

Baker and the 17-year-old, as well Martin Bell, 20, and Frank Hudson, 19, previously admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The 17-year-old admitted he was responsible for stealing the rabbit from its hutch, before dumping her in a bin liner on a nearby path.

He told the court: “I’m just sorry and ashamed for what I done. I wish I’d never done anything that night.”

Percy had given birth to five babies days before she was taken, but all of them died despite the best efforts from Percy’s owners.

The pair were given 12-month referral orders, ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £15 and £50 compensation to the pet owners. They have also been banned from keeping animals for five years.

Bell and Hudson were also sentenced to an 18-month community order, with supervision, 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs and £50 in compensation.#####

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