A Florida man was sentenced to a year in the county jail for intentionally setting a woman’s pet bunny on fire last June. A Sarasota County jury found Manasseh Walker, 23, guilty of aggravated animal cruelty after lighting the rabbit named Thumper on fire for allegedly biting him. According to witnesses, Walker set the bunny on fire as he chased him although there were no known eyewitnesses.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Walker originally told authorities burning the rabbit was an accident. A veterinarian who examined Thumper however, stated his injuries were not consistent with Walker’s story. AbcAction News reported the lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant State Attorney Dan Yuter stated in a press release:
“This was obviously a heinous thing to do to any living creature, so we are happy that the jury was able to navigate the evidence correctly and that justice was ultimately served.
Thumper did lose his ears as a result of the fire. He is now in the care of the Wildlife Center of Venice.
(Photo of bunny and Walker courtesy of Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)
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