Sick thieves slice up girl’s pet rabbit

Samantha Armstrong and daughter Lily-Mae (2) looking at the empty rabbit hutch after thieves stole their pet rabbit and apparently killed and butchered the animal.

Samantha Armstrong and daughter Lily-Mae (2) looking at the empty rabbit hutch after thieves stole their pet rabbit and apparently killed and butchered the animal.

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SICK thieves stole a little girl’s pet rabbit before slicing up the animal and dumping it in a car park.

Owner Samantha Armstrong today spoke of her shock and disgust at the incident, in Snowdon Place, Peterlee, which has left the family shaken.

One-year-old Lily Mae’s rabbit was taken from its garden hutch, killed and sliced open before being dumped close to Samantha’s Peterlee home. Lily Mae has been left wondering what happened to the bunny named Jet.

Samantha, 26, says the cuts on the rabbit were too clean to have been caused by another animal and is blaming thieves for the incident.

She said: “Whoever has done this is cruel. I hope someone gets caught as I wouldn’t want it happening to anyone else.”

Samantha had closed the hutch on Tuesday night and the garden gate, but noticed both were wide open the following morning just minutes before a neighbour made the grim discovery.

She added: “My daughter is only a baby, so she’s too young to understand. She used to call him Ra-Ra-Rabbit.

“Now I’m not sure whether to get her another rabbit in case this happens again.”

Samantha’s mum and Lily Mae’s grandmother, Dot Armstrong, 51, was also at the house at the time.

She said: “The top of the hutch had been lifted open and someone must have reached in and taken the rabbit. Our neighbour found it lying in the car park next to the garages near us. It has been sliced from the throat to its legs.

“We buried it on Wednesday night.”

Durham Police today confirmed they are making enquiries into the incident.

Earlier this year the Echo revealed how three-year-old Ieshea Scullion had been left devastated after sick thugs slaughtered the pet rabbits she got for Christmas.

Ieshea, also of Peterlee, went out into her back garden to play with her four rabbits before she started nursery – only to find the hutch door wide open and hay strewn all over the grass.

The youngster ran to tell her 21-year-old mum Samantha Jane Best and after a short search, they found the blood-soaked bodies of Blackie, Lily and Harvey dead on the field opposite their home.

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