Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Mass Rabbit Killer

PETA Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Person or Persons Who Bludgeoned as Many as 50 Bunnies to Death Outside Psychiatric Facility

For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Las Vegas – On February 18, approximately 50 rabbits—part of a large population living outside the state-run Desert Willow Treatment Center and cared for by volunteers from local rabbit rescue groups—were found dead. Poison was initially suspected, but necropsy results indicated that the rabbits may actually have died from blunt force trauma.

Law-enforcement officials are investigating but have yet to determine who’s responsible for this horrific act. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person or persons who killed these rabbits.

“PETA is turning to the public for help in apprehending the criminal or criminals whose vicious killing spree left around 50 gentle rabbits dead,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “These rabbits died violently at the hands of a dangerous person, and it’s urgent that whoever did this is identified, held accountable, and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Nevada Capital Police in Las Vegas at 702-486-2935 (select option 3) or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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