Cruelty can be stopped: Rabbit had paws cut off while alive, left for dead

The Cambridge (Ontario) and District Humane Society has the unfortunate task of investigating a case in which a rabbit had his paws cut off while he was alive, and left for dead.

The Cambridge Times has reported that the humane society picked up the rabbit near a public school on Sunday night after a passerby called in the sighting.

“Somebody had hacked [his] back paws off,” the humane society’s executive director, Bonnie Deekton, told The Times. “It’s either been done with a saw or it’s been done with an axe. The rabbit was still alive when [he] was picked up.”

It is suspected that the rabbit had been left with his back paws removed for as long as 12 hours before the humane society was contacted. They are working with local police to attempt to identify the perpetrator(s) responsible for this incredibly cruel act.

We cannot say what happened, or even speculate what happened, in this case. But we do know cruelty to animals can be stopped. Please, whenever you suspect cruelty or intentional harm – be it a companion animal, a wild animal, or a farmed animal – contact your local humane society or police service.

Photo provided by Emily Havermann

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