FOUR people will appear in court after the theft and torture of a family’s rabbit.
White lionhead rabbit Percy, who had just given birth to a litter, was taken from her hutch in Embleton Mews, Dawdon, in June before being thrown out of a window and killed.
Police have now charged two men aged 20 and 19 and two youths aged 17 with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
One of the 17-years-olds has also been charged with theft.
The four will appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on the afternoon of August 28.
Two other people arrested after investigations by detectives have been released with no further action. A video which claimed to show the rabbit being killed was circulated on social networking sites, and a number of mobile phones were seized by police in the weeks after the alleged incident.
Percy had given birth to five baby rabbits just days earlier.
Owners, Anthony and Rebecca, both 31, their son Brynn, four, and Rebecca’s children Aaron Lennox, 10, and Jessica Lennox, 14, have all been left heartbroken.
The prosecution has been brought by Durham Police, but the RSPCA was made aware of the incident and has been working with officers.